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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.

Caring Force demonstration garners press attention

The Caring Force launched a demonstration Monday at the Governor's office, generating press attentions from media outlets across the state.

PowerPoint available from Council’s ACO/ICO Forum

The Providers' Council was proud to bring together more than 100 members for a forum with experts from Public Consulting Group (PCG) and Hub Strategies to discuss the future of human service delivery systems. Below are resources that the Council and PCG developed earlier this year looking at trends in the human services sector that may be of interest to attendees or those who were unable to attend.

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.

Salary Reserve Materials Available Online

The Providers' Council received notice from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services that they are proceeding with establishing the FY 2013 Salary Reserve in accordance with the language in the FY 13 Conference Budget that you helped to secure for human service workers! Find out what your agency must do to apply for Salary Reserve funds.

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.

Senate overrides Governor’s veto, ensures annualized Salary Reserve!

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of the Salary Reserve. As the House voted to override the Governor's veto on Tuesday, this completes the override process and secures a $20 million annualized salary increase for our sector's dedicated direct care workers.

House unanimously overrides Governor’s Salary Reserve veto!

The House voted unanimously on Tuesday afternoon to override Governor Deval Patrick’s veto of the Human Services Salary Reserve. Governor Patrick vetoed the $20 million Salary Reserve on July 8.

Veto override letter with 108 signers sent to Speaker DeLeo

Rep. David Linsky has sent a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo, asking him to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of the Salary Reserve. The letter has the support of 108 representatives, nearly 70 percent of the House. Rep. Linsky plans to send the letter to Speaker DeLeo on Monday, July 16.

Council issues RFR for Healthcare Policy Consultant

On Friday, July 13, the Providers' Council issued a Request for Response for a Healthcare Policy Consultant to assist the Council in understanding the policy and program impact of emerging federal and state healthcare issues as they impact the Council's membership and to assist the Council in developing healthcare policy positions. Responses are due to Bill Yelenak (bill@providers.org) no later than Monday, July 23 at noon.

Veto override letter has 100 signers!

Rep. David Linsky's is writing a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo, asking him to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of the Salary Reserve, and 100 representatives have now signed onto the letter!

Salary Reserve campaign nears 1,000 letters to Reps!

Council, members discuss Salary Reserve in media

Council co-signs letter to Speaker DeLeo urging Salary Reserve veto override

On Monday, July 9, Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes co-signed a letter with other members of The Collaborative -- the Association for Behavioral Healthcare and the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers -- requesting Speaker DeLeo support an override of the Governor's veto of the Salary Reserve. Gov. Patrick's veto would reduce the Salary Reserve for human service workers from a $20 million fund for an annualized raise to $10 million for a one-time payment for a workforce of 31,500 workers who have gone five years without a raise.

Council quoted in Monday’s Boston Globe

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes was quoted in Monday's Boston Globe, discussing Governor Patrick's decision to veto $10 million in Salary Reserve funding.

Governor cuts in half Salary Reserve for human services workers

The Governor signed the state budget on Sunday, but vetoed half of the Salary Reserve for low-paid human services workers.

Half of House co-sponsors the Salary Reserve!

After revieweing the latest numbers, we're blown away. You drafted e-mails. You made phone calls. You visited Beacon Hill. You sent tweets, wrote messages on Facebook walls and used other forms of social networking. And when the Salary Reserve amendment was filed by State Rep. David Linsky at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 73 representatives were listed with him.

URGENT: Ask your representative to co-sponsor the Salary Reserve!

Your phone calls, e-mails and contacts with representatives are already making a difference. As of 5 p.m. on April 12, 52 representatives have agreed to co-sponsor Representative David Linsky's Salary Reserve amendment. The amendment, the full text of which is below, would provide a $28 million Salary Reserve for human services workers making $40,000 and under.

House Ways & Means budget to be released Wednesday

The House Ways & Means Committee will unveil its FY 2013 budget proposal on Wednesday, April 11. The budget is expected to be released mid-day.

Caring Force rally draws 1,000+ to State House

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.

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