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Council letter to the editor appears in Boston Globe

On February 23, The Boston Globe published President & CEO Michael Weekes' letter to the editor discussing Philadelphia Insurance denying claims to human services agencies.

Council discusses insurance claim in Boston Globe

Philadelphia Insurance has rejected insurance claims to providers after the closure of the Long Island bridge, claiming "wear and tear" of city property is not covered in providers' plan.

Urge your U.S. Representative to support the America Gives More Act

On Thursday, February 12, the U.S House of Representatives will vote on the America Gives More Act, H.R. 644 and the Council need you to take action today.

Take action TODAY: Ask Legislators to co-sponsor Legislative Agenda

Giving incentives bill falls short in U.S. House

Supporting America’s Charities Act H.R. 5806 failed to pass in the house on December 11, 2014 by just eight votes.

Council Members Testify at Chapter 257 Hearing

Council members testified in front of the Joint Committee on Public Health and Joint Committee on Mental health and Substance Abuse on November 25.

Election Results Are In!

Massachusetts took to the polls on Tuesday, November 4 to vote on a new state administration as well as a slew of ballot initiatives and congressional seats.

Caring Force rallies for funding at State House!

More than 500 human service workers, clients/consumers and supporters from The Caring Force rallied at the State House and visited lawmakers to urge the Legislature to fairly fund human service programs and wages on Tuesday.

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.

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.

DMH issues RFI on Behavioral Health integration

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit comments on the integration of behavioral health (Mental Health/Substance Use disorders) and primary care. The information obtained through this process will be shared with members of the Behavioral Health Integration Task Force to help inform their discussions. The Behavioral Health integration Task Force was created pursuant to Section 275 of Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012.

Weekes, Sen. Warren, Reps. speak at rally about sequestration

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren; U.S. Reps. Michael Capuano, Stephen Lynch, Ed Markey, John Tierney; and community leaders in discussing the devastating effect sequestration would have on Massachusetts if a solution is not discovered before Friday, March 1.

Council holds legislative briefing at State House

The Providers' Council held a legislative briefing on human services at the State House for House freshmen, other representatives and legislative aides on Wednesday, February 13.

Duals Demonstration Implementation Council members announced

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services late Tuesday afternoon announced the 21 individuals who will serve on the Duals Demonstration Implementation Council, which will play a key role in monitoring access to health care and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tracking quality of services, providing support and input to EOHHS, and promoting accountability and transparency.

EOHHS sets FY ‘14 budget public hearing dates

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has set two dates for public hearings on the development of the FY '14 state budget.

State issues press release on dual eligibles

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services issued a press release on Thursday, August 23 regarding the dual eligibles initiative. Please read it below.

State issues RFR for joint DMH/DCF Residential procurement

On Tuesday afternoon, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services issued a RFR for a joint DMH/DCF Residential procurement known as Caring Together. Information on the procurement is available on Comm-PASS or below on our website.

Five-Point Agenda Highlights 2011-2012

Each year, the Council’s board reviews our strategic plan and notes our highlights. Directors requested that we share our progress related to our Five-Point Agenda for Human Service Reform to support your organization in fulfilling its mission.

Council’s Letter to the Editor in Sunday Globe

The Providers' Council had a letter to the editor in the Boston Globe on Sunday, May 6. The Council was responding to Joan Vennochi's column of April 29, entitled "Nonprofit Greed's Real Victims."

Council releases report on Trends in the Human Services Landscape

The Providers' Council released its report Wednesday on Trends in the Human Service Landscapde. The Council commissioned the report, which was completed by Public Consulting Group. Trends in the Human Service Landscape details several major issues, including innovative models of human service payments, a shift to person-directed care and the decentralization of services.

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