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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.

Council honors awardees at Champions for Change

The Providers' Council today gave out 13 Awards of Excellence and four Peer Provider Awards at Champions for Change, the Council's 38th Annual Convention & Expo.

Please help out our partners by taking two short surveys

Please help out Providers' Council partners by taking two short surveys.

Early-bird convention registration winners announced!

The Providers' Council is pleased to congratulate the winners of the early-bird raffle for our 38th Annual Convention & Expo: Champions for Change, taking place Wednesday, November 6th at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston.

One Care Implementation Council meeting on Oct. 25

The next One Care Implementation Council meeting will take place on Friday, October 25.

Learn more about our newest trainings!

Learn more about new trainings from the Providers' Council.

Sign up today to be part of The Leadership Initiative!

The Leadership Initiative aims to grow future leaders of the human services sector and provide a collaborative environment to share ideas and knowledge.

National Voter Registration Day is on Sept. 24!

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.

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