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Dept. of Mental Health to hold CBFS dialogue sessions

Please see below for an announcement from the Department of Mental Health regarding dialogue sessions it plans to hold in September to discuss Community Based Flexible Supports and the Chapter 257 rate-setting process. Please let Bill Yelenak know if you have questions.

Sept. 8-14 is Direct Support Professionals week!

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) has alerted us that thanks to efforts led by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution designating next week as "National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week." Disability services providers across the country will mark the week by hosting celebrations to honor their direct support professionals.

Today is last day to register to vote in Sept. 24 election

Today is the last day to register or update your voter registration in time to vote in preliminary elections that are taking place in some cities and town on Sept. 24.

Deadline extended for Peer Provider Award nominations!

Providers' Council members are invited to nominate a fellow human service agency for its exemplary achievements and honor them with a Peer Provider Award in front of more than 1,000 attendees at the Providers’ Council’s 38th Annual Convention & Expo, Champions for Change, on November 6 at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston.

Our condolences on Bill Taylor’s passing

The Provider summer edition, back issues available in Members Only

The Provider just posted its summer issue to the Members Only section of the Providers' Council's website.

Suffolk certificate program SOLD OUT; Clark registration ends Friday

The Certificate in Nonprofit Human Service Management program at Suffolk University has filled to capacity this year, but limited seats are still available in the Clark program.

Join us on Sept. 10 to learn about the New Health Insurance Marketplace!

Each of the states has filed a blueprint for creating a Health Insurance Marketplace (formerly known as the American Health Benefit Exchanges). These Exchanges are projected to be operational on January 1, 2014. Under the regulations, a large employer's potential Shared Responsibility Penalty may be avoided, or postponed, for some group health plans. We expect to continue to be inundated with new guidance and regulations in the coming months as the commencement of State Exchanges nears.

Governor signs budget with $11.5m Salary Reserve

Governor Patrick on Friday, July 12 signed a budget with an $11.5 million Salary Reserve.

Conference Committee budget includes $11.5m Salary Reserve!

Late Sunday night, the Conference Committee reached an accord on the FY '14 budget that contains a one-time, $11.5 million Salary Reserve for low-paid direct care workers. Both branches of the Legislature are expected to take final votes on the budget document today, sending it to Governor Patrick for his signature.

Council submits testimony in opposition to PILOT bills

The Providers' Council has submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on two bills that would force nonprofits to make payments in lieu of taxes -- or PILOTs.

Duals Demonstration becomes “One Care,” revises timeline

Executive Office of Health and Human Services Senior Policy Manager Catherine Harrison announced a new timeline for the "One Care" or Dual Eligibles Demonstration late on Wednesday, May 29.

Gov. Patrick proclaims May 20-26 ‘Social Enterprise Week’

Update on DCF/DMH Caring Together RFR

The Department of Children & Families informed the Providers' Council on Monday, May 13 that certain decisions have been made in regards to the DCF/DMH Caring Together RFR.

Council holds seminar on billing & compliance

On Wednesday, May 1, the Providers’ Council held a seminar on Third Party Billing and Corporate Compliance at the Hogan Center at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

Last chance to register for billing & compliance seminar

Tomorrow is the deadline to register for our Third Party Billing and Corporate Compliance Seminar, taking place next Wednesday, May 1 in Worcester.

Our condolences on Monday’s tragedy

The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Providers' Council are with the victims of Monday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon and their friends and families.

EOHHS to annualize FY ‘13 Salary Reserve

The Providers' Council received notice on Friday, April 12 that EOHHS will annualize the FY '13 Salary Reserve.

Rep. Linsky files Salary Reserve amendment; 75 co-sponsors

Representative David Linsky on Friday filed an amendment to include a $16.6 million Salary Reserve in the FY '14 budget, with more than 75 of his House colleagues co-sponsoring it.

Council, members testify on GIC legislation

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes and three Council members testified on Thursday, April 11 in support of legislation that would allow human services organizations and employees to access the Group Insurance Commission.

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