News — Advocacy
On April 2, members of the Providers' Council and The Caring Force sent a resounding message to our lawmakers: invest in human service programs and workers now. Blowing away all expectations, more than 1,000 Council and Caring Force members flooded the State House, actually forcing security to shut down the building for a short period due to capacity limits. Even more took to the internet to amplify our message through our virtual rally. And lawmakers heard the message.
Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill on Thursday, March 22 that will allow employees at small nonprofit organizations to join a retirement plan managed by the state treasurer and receiver general.
The Providers' Council held a forum on participant-directed care on Tuesday, March 20 at Plymouth Church in Framingham, where a panel of experts discussed one of the major aspects of the March 2011 report Trends in the Human Service Landscape. Completed by Public Consulting Group and comissioned by the Providers' Council, the report discussed several trends in human services, including the participant-directed -- or consumer-centric -- model of care.
There were numerous bills filed in the legislature this year that had the potential to seek payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) from tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. But these bills were sent to study by the Joint Committee on Revenue and will not be advancing this year.
The Providers' Council submitted testimony on the FY '13 Ways & Means budget during a public hearing at Gardner Auditorium on Friday, March 9.
The Providers' Council and Public Consulting Group have partnered to produce a report on Trends in the Human Service Landscape. Please join us at two forums this spring as Public Consulting Group, your peers and industry experts will discuss major issues from this report. Learn the major trends, find out how they will affect your organization and discover how they have the potential to change the entire human services sector in the years to come.
On Tuesday, Febraury 21, the Providers' Council submitted written testimony to the Division of Health Care Finance & Policy on114.4 CMR 13.00, Payments for Youth Intermediate-Term Stabilization Services. The Council previously submitted oral testimony in January at a public hearing in Shrewsbury.
In order to vote in Massachusetts Presidential Primary on March 6, you must be registered to vote by Wednesday, February 15!
The Providers' Council co-sponsored a forum on Thursday, January 26 to advance human services social enterprises and purpose businesses in Massachusetts. Other co-sponsors included the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. The forum provided an opportunity to learn about resources available to social enterprises and to discuss what additional support is needed. The forum was well attended by more than fifty providers, state representatives, and academics interested in social enterprise.
This morning Governor Deval Patrick released his FY '13 budget proposal. The Council is continuing to analyze the line items that affect our members; however, based on an early review, we are pleased to report that your continued advocacy has resulted in level or increased funding for many programs across EOHHS.
The Executive Office of Administration & Finance on Wednesday issued Requests for Response in an effort to encourage innovative solutions to social problems, improve the performance of government and save taxpayer money.
Are you registered to vote for the March 6 presidential primary in Massachusetts? Do you know how to look up your polling place?
The Providers' Council on Monday, January 9, sent its comments on the State Demonstration to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible Individuals to EOHHS Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby.
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is getting ready to implement the FY '12 Salary Reserve process and wishes to inform you of some key aspects of the process that need your immediate attention.
The Providers' Council and others in the human services sector received mentions in the press in mid-December for their position that the income tax rate cut -- from 5.3 percent to 5.25 percent -- could mean a loss of services and may mislead taxpayers into thinking the state has the revenue it needs to meet upcoming obligations.
With Massachusetts' officials poised to reduce the state's income tax rate, the Providers' Council issued the following release highlighting the potential risks involved with reducing revenues at a time when the state is already anticipating a budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.
On October 27, Governor Patrick signed the supplemental spending bill that includes a one-time, $10 million Salary Reserve for human services workers earning less than $40,000 per year. The payment of the Salary Reserve is contingent on the state's tax revenue as of January 15, 2012.
Please call Governor Deval Patrick's staff at 617.725.4005 and let them know you want the Governor to sign the Supplemental Budget Bill with Section 95 -- the Human Services Salary Reserve -- not reduced.