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Nominate a Staff Member for a $1,000 Grant

Interior Resources is awarding three $1,000 grants to direct care and support level nonprofit staff members!

More than half of House co-sponsors Salary Reserve amendment!

More than half of representatives in the state House have co-sponsored an amendment that would provide a $16.6 million annualized Salary Reserve to low-paid direct care workers making under $40,000 per year.

Ask your rep. to co-sponsor Salary Reserve amendment!

Members of the Providers' Council and The Caring Force are asking their representatives to co-sponsor Rep. David Linsky's amendment for a $16.6 million Salary Reserve for low-paid direct care workers.

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.

Council unveils Beyond Social Value report at seminar

The Providers' Council and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Institute unveiled the Beyond Social Value: Massachusetts Human Services Economic Impact report during a seminar Wednesday afternoon.

Council elects directors, new board at Annual Meeting

The Providers' Council membership elected new officers, directors and new board members at its Annual Business Meeting on April 2.

Registration closing Wednesday, March 26 for Annual Business Meeting

Next Wednesday, March 26, is the deadline to register for the Council's Annual Business Meeting and Beyond Social Value seminar, taking place on Wednesday, April 2 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester.

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.

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