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Council unveils Beyond Social Value report at seminar

The Providers' Council and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Institute unveiled the Beyond Social Value: Massachusetts Human Services Economic Impact report during a seminar Wednesday afternoon.

Council elects directors, new board at Annual Meeting

The Providers' Council membership elected new officers, directors and new board members at its Annual Business Meeting on April 2.

Council submits testimony on CIES program

On Monday, March 31, the Providers' Council submitted testimony to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on 101 CMR 410.00, Rates for Competitive Integrated Employment Services.

Council, Caring Force present at MassHomeCare rally

Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes

Registration closing Wednesday, March 26 for Annual Business Meeting

Next Wednesday, March 26, is the deadline to register for the Council's Annual Business Meeting and Beyond Social Value seminar, taking place on Wednesday, April 2 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester.

Council submits testimony on Day Habilitation rates

The Providers' Council submitted testimony to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, March 18 on new rates for Day Habilitation Program Services.

More than 15 members join Providers’ Benchmarking

Last fall, the Providers' Council launched Providers' Benchmarking, a new program available only to Council members. In just its first quarter of operation, more than 15 member organizations have already signed on to participate in this critical initiative.

Time running out to sign up for Supervision Series

Time is running out to sign up for the Providers' Council's Certificate in Supervision Series program, scheduled to begin on April 10.

Attend The Caring Force rally on April 8 at the State House!

The Caring Force had more than 100 people attend Friday's Joint Committee on Ways & Means budget hearing in Gardner Auditorium at the State House, but we'll be back at the building in April for our third annual Caring Force rally!

Treasurer Grossman visits with Providers’ Council board

State Treasurer and Receiver General Steven Grossman attended the Providers' Council board meeting on Wednesday, March 5 to share his thoughts about the state and the Commonwealth's human services sector.

State releases Salary Reserve information

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, March 4 released the Individual Contractor Report for the FY ’14 Salary Reserve. It calls for a 1.766 percent one-time increase for all human services workers who are working under state contracts that have not yet been updated under Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2008.

Providers’ Council, members testify on social enterprise bill

The Providers' Council and member organizations visited the State House on Wednesday, February 26 to testify in support of a bill that would strengthen human services social enterprises throughout the Commonwealth.

The Caring Force gets news coverage at budget hearing

More than 20 members of The Caring Force attended a state budget hearing in Amherst on Tuesday, February 25, and members appeared on television requesting additional funding for state programs. The full story from WWLP, Channel 22 (Springfield) is below.

Council sends letter to IRS, Treasury on proposed regs

The Providers' Council on Monday, February 24, sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury on proposed guidelines that would limit the ability of nonprofit organizations to engage in nonpartisan civic engagement work, such as voter registration, voter education, candidate forums, get-out-the-vote efforts and voters guides.

Letter to the editor published in Boston Globe

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the Boston Globe on Saturday, February 22 in support of increased funding for the agency. Please read the full letter below.

Council submits testimony on Early Intervention rates

The Providers' Council on Friday, February 14, submitted testimony on rates for Early Intervention Program Services (101 CMR 349.00)

Council thanks Sen. Pres. Murray for her years of service!

Senate President Therese Murray announced today that after a 22-year legislative career, she will not seek re-election in November. On behalf of the Providers' Council, The Caring Force and the tens of thousands of direct care workers across the Commonwealth whom she has helped, thank you Senate President Murray for your historic support!

Show of “Force” needed at state budget hearings

The Providers' Council and The Caring Force are mobilizing to make sure that legislators hear from you about what you need to see in this budget. The Joint Committee on Ways & Means has released its schedule of regional hearings and we're asking members to help us ensure that legislators see at least 30 human service supporters in gold and red Caring Force t-shirts at every hearing and at least 100 at their final hearing at the State House in Boston.

Council quoted in Bay State Banner story

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes was quoted in a story this week about the Governor's budget. Please read the story below.

Gov. Patrick releases FY ‘15 budget proposal

Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday, January 22, released his FY ’15 budget proposal. It makes numerous investments in human services, particularly in Chapter 257 and the Department of Developmental Services.

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