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Storm doesn’t stop human service workers

Some parts of Massachusetts saw historic amounts of snow this week, but that did not stop human service workers from caring for the Commonwealth's most vulnerable residents.

Council quoted in Boston Globe on budget deficit

Governor Charlie Baker estimates that the Commonwealth has a $765 million budget shortfall.

Court orders state to fully implement Chapter 257

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Kaplan today issued a final order that the Commonwealth must fully implement Chapter 257 by the beginning of the state's 2016 fiscal year. The decision was made in a complaint filed against the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services by The Collaborative -- made up of the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and the Massachusetts Council of Human Services Providers (Providers' Council) -- and the Children's League of Massachusetts.

Charlie Baker sworn in as Governor

On Thursday, January 8, Charlie Baker took his oath to serve as Governor of the Commonwealth.

UPDATE: Gov. Patrick signs Background Check bill

House Bill 4527 would allow employees working for one employer in both a residential and school setting to undergo only on background check. Right now, some human service workers have to pay for multiple background checks out of pocket.

DDS Announces Public Hearing on Eligibility Regulations

The Department of Developmental Services has announced public hearing dates on proposed amendments to Eligibility, Individual Support Planning and Appeal

Salary Reserve Update

The first salary reserve payment to providers should have gone out Friday, December 19.

Governor Patrick announces Pay for Success to end homelessness in MA

On Monday, December 9, Governor Deval Patrick announced a plan to reduce the state’s homeless population.

Council Members Testify at Chapter 257 Hearing

Council members testified in front of the Joint Committee on Public Health and Joint Committee on Mental health and Substance Abuse on November 25.

Council holds Annual Convention & Expo, We Create Community!

The Providers' Council on Monday, November 17 held its 39th Annual Convention & Expo, We Create Community, at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston.

Council cited in Globe editorial on Governor-Elect Baker

Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes was quoted in a Boston Globe editorial on Monday, November 17 about Governor-Elect Charlie Baker and the early test his administration will have with the human services sector.

Council files testimony on CBFS rates

The Providers' Council on Friday, November 14 filed testimony on Community-Based Flexible Supports rates.

Council submits testimony on restraint regulations

The Providers' Council on Monday, November 10, submitted testimony to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding proposed amendments to restraint regulations.

Election Results Are In!

Massachusetts took to the polls on Tuesday, November 4 to vote on a new state administration as well as a slew of ballot initiatives and congressional seats.

Celebrate Children’s Service Appreciation Week!

This week, the Providers' Council joins the Children's League of Massachusetts in recognizing the dedicated caregivers who provide services to children and strengthen families and communities throughout our state. Governor Deval Patrick has officially proclaimed October 14 through October 17 as Children's Services Appreciation Week in the Commonwealth.

Council sends letter to state on restraint regulations

The Providers' Council on Wednesday sent a letter to DESE Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester and DEEC Commissioner Thomas L. Weber regarding concerns to the proposed draft regulations amending 603 CMR 46.00 and 102 CMR 3.00.

Candidates for Attorney General meet with Council board

Candidates for Attorney General Maura Healey and John Miller met with the Council's board of directors on Wednesday, October 1 to discuss their views on the human services sector and how they would see the sector and the Attorney General's office working together if they were elected.

Human Services Gubernatorial Forum video online now!

Did you miss last week's Human Services Gubernatorial Forum? Did you attend, but you'd like to watch again and see what the candidates have to say?

Council hosts second ever Human Services Gubernatorial Forum

The Providers' Council on Tuesday, September 24, hosted the second ever Human Services Gubernatorial Forum at Faneuil Hall with the four major candidates for Governor. Nearly 700 people attended the 90-minute session to hear from the candidates on human services topics.

Finance Roundtable planned for Council members

The Providers' Council will host a Finance Roundtable for its members on Tuesday, September 30 at JRI in Needham.

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