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BOSTON – The state’s largest human services membership association, the Providers’ Council, and the nationally recognized Public Consulting Group will release a report on April 11 detailing emerging trends in the state’s human services sector that can radically change the sector and payment processes. Members and non-members are invited to register on the Council website. 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. Public Consulting Group’s Jim Waldinger will discuss accountable care organizations, integrated care organizations and human service payment models in detail with a panel discussion to follow.
On April 2, members of the Providers' Council and The Caring Force sent a resounding message to our lawmakers: invest in human service programs and workers now. Blowing away all expectations, more than 1,000 Council and Caring Force members flooded the State House, actually forcing security to shut down the building for a short period due to capacity limits. Even more took to the internet to amplify our message through our virtual rally. And lawmakers heard the message.
The Providers' Council commissioned a report on Trends in the Human Service Landscape that will be released in the coming weeks. The report, completed by Public Consulting Group, discusses many of the major trends in the human services sector, including an increase in participant-directed care (also known as consumer-centric care or self-directed care) models and a rise in accountable care organizations. Two-page summaries on these two report highlights are now available.
Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill on Thursday, March 22 that will allow employees at small nonprofit organizations to join a retirement plan managed by the state treasurer and receiver general.
The Providers' Council submitted testimony on the FY '13 Ways & Means budget during a public hearing at Gardner Auditorium on Friday, March 9.
The Providers' Council and Public Consulting Group have partnered to produce a report on Trends in the Human Service Landscape. Please join us at two forums this spring as Public Consulting Group, your peers and industry experts will discuss major issues from this report. Learn the major trends, find out how they will affect your organization and discover how they have the potential to change the entire human services sector in the years to come.
On Tuesday, Febraury 21, the Providers' Council submitted written testimony to the Division of Health Care Finance & Policy on114.4 CMR 13.00, Payments for Youth Intermediate-Term Stabilization Services. The Council previously submitted oral testimony in January at a public hearing in Shrewsbury.
This morning Governor Deval Patrick released his FY '13 budget proposal. The Council is continuing to analyze the line items that affect our members; however, based on an early review, we are pleased to report that your continued advocacy has resulted in level or increased funding for many programs across EOHHS.
The Providers' Council and others in the human services sector received mentions in the press in mid-December for their position that the income tax rate cut -- from 5.3 percent to 5.25 percent -- could mean a loss of services and may mislead taxpayers into thinking the state has the revenue it needs to meet upcoming obligations.
With Massachusetts' officials poised to reduce the state's income tax rate, the Providers' Council issued the following release highlighting the potential risks involved with reducing revenues at a time when the state is already anticipating a budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.
Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes had a letter to the editor in the Boston Herald on Thursday, October 20, defending the human services sector. A former public official, in a Herald story on Monday, October 17, claimed it is "very difficult to get information" from the human services sector.