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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.

Council submits testimony on three HHS regulations

The Providers' Council on Thursday submitted formal written testimony on three Executive Office of Health and Human Services regulations.

Tuesday is deadline for Salary Reserve submissions

There is only one day remaining to complete your submission to be eligible for FY '14 Salary Reserve funds. Providers must submit all required payroll and salary information to the Provider Data Management System by tomorrow, January 14 at 5 p.m.

Renew Your Membership!

Please renew your membership for 2014 and continue working with the Providers' Council to strengthen the Massachusetts human services sector.

Inclement weather update from the Council

The Providers' Council will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 2 and remain closed on Friday, January 3. Staff members will be working from home and be available to answer members' questions.

State issues safety regs; public hearing set

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has issued draft regulations for a Workplace Violence Prevention and Crisis Response Plan (101 CMR 19.00). The draft was released by EOHHS late last week, and public hearing on it has been scheduled.

Providers’ Council GIC bill moves forward

Late last week, the Joint Committee on Financial Services issued a favorable report on the Providers' Council's bill to give human service providers access to the Group Insurance Commission. The bill (HB 933), filed by Rep. Kay Khan, was accompanied by a similar bill (HB 996) filed by Rep. Marty Walsh.

EOHHS releases Salary Reserve timeline

On Friday, December 13, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services released a timeline to disperse the FY '14 Salary Reserve, and there are key dates that providers must be aware of to be eligible for these funds.

Salary Reserve timeline release expected this week

Thanks to advocacy of Providers' Council members, The Caring Force and The Collaborative, EOHHS Secretary John Polanowicz plans to issue a timeline detailing the release of the $11.5 million Salary Reserve included in the FY '14 budget that was signed by Gov. Patrick in July.

State issues Adult Foster Care rates

The state has issued regulations for the emergency adoption for Adult Foster Care services (114.3 CMR 51.00).

EOHHS to hold FY ‘15 budget hearings

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services will hold two budget hearings over the next two weeks to receive public input regarding the office's FY '15 budget.

Input needed on Rapid Response Pulse Poll

The Providers' Council is working with its nonprofit colleagues across the nation, and we need your help in improving the way governments interact with nonprofits through contracts and grants.

Learn about the new Health Insurance Marketplace!

The Providers' Council and USI Insurance Services invite you to attend a members-only interactive breakfast seminar on the proposed Health Insurance Marketplace and how it will affect Massachusetts organizations. Don't miss the opportunity to learn how to ensure your organization will offer compliant coverage to avoid penalties.

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