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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!

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.

SAVE THE DATE! Council Annual Business Meeting set for April 2

The Providers' Council's Annual Business Meeting and Seminar will be held April 2 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More information to follow.

Council offices closed Feb. 5 due to inclement weather

The Providers' Council offices will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 5 due to inclement weather. The Council intends to reopen its office on Thursday, Feb. 6.

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.

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.

Happy New Year from the Providers’ Council!

The Providers' Council wants to wish our members across the Commonwealth and all those working so hard to provide essential services to the one-in-ten state residents a Happy New Year in 2014!

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.

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.

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.

State posts update on Caring Together RFR

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts posted an update on Comm-PASS on the Caring Together RFR on Wednesday afternoon.

Awards of Excellence videos posted online!

Did you enjoy the videos from our Awards of Excellence ceremony? Was one of your staff members featured? You can now view all the videos online!

Council holds 38th Annual Convention & Expo!

The Providers' Council held its 38th Annual Convention & Expo, Champions for Change, on Wednesday, November 6 at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston.

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