News — State Administration
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 submitted testimony on the FY '13 Ways & Means budget during a public hearing at Gardner Auditorium on Friday, March 9.
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.
The Providers' Council co-sponsored a forum on Thursday, January 26 to advance human services social enterprises and purpose businesses in Massachusetts. Other co-sponsors included the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. The forum provided an opportunity to learn about resources available to social enterprises and to discuss what additional support is needed. The forum was well attended by more than fifty providers, state representatives, and academics interested in social enterprise.
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.
On October 27, Governor Patrick signed the supplemental spending bill that includes a one-time, $10 million Salary Reserve for human services workers earning less than $40,000 per year. The payment of the Salary Reserve is contingent on the state's tax revenue as of January 15, 2012.
Attorney General Martha Coakley met with the Providers' Council Board of Directors on Wed., November 2, 2011 to discuss her office and answer questions from providers.
A bill that would allow nonprofits to access retirement savings plans managed by the state passed the House on Wednesday, October 27, clearing another hurdle in becoming a law.
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.
Please call Governor Deval Patrick's staff at 617.725.4005 and let them know you want the Governor to sign the Supplemental Budget Bill with Section 95 -- the Human Services Salary Reserve -- not reduced.
On Friday, October 14, the Providers' Council delivered the following testimony to the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy regarding 114.4 CMR 15.00 -- Rates for Community-Based Day Support Services.