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Council gives testimony for loan repayment bill

Council members, along with Council President and CEO Michael Weekes, testified at the State House on loan repayment for direct care human service workers.

Legislature agrees to fund Salary Reserve annualization; awaiting signature from Gov. Baker

The House and Senate reached agreement on a Supplemental Budget bill that will annualize the FY '15 Salary Reserve into the current fiscal year. The bill now heads to Governor Charlie Baker's desk where it needs to be signed by the end of October.

Council gives testimony for tuition remission bill

Provider members of the Providers' Council, along with their staff, gave testimony on Senate Bill 680, An act to promote higher education among employees of human service provider organizations to the Joint Committee on Higher Education.

Gov. Baker submits Supplemental Budget bill

In addition to signing the FY '16 state budget on July 17, Governor Charlie Baker also filed a Supplemental Budget bill to support the recommendations from the Governor's Opioid Working Group and to fund the annualization of the FY '15 Human Services Salary Reserve, along with other items.

Mass Budget Headed to Gov. Baker for Signature

The long awaited Conference Committee budget was finally release late Tuesday, July 7 and quickly approved Wednesday, July 8. Governor Baker now has ten days to sign or veto the budget proposal.

Senate Ways & Means Releases Budget Recommendations

On May 12, Senate Ways & Means Committee released a $38 billion budget proposal for FY '16.

The Collaborative and state reach agreement on Chapter 257

An agreement on with the Baker Administration and the Collaborative in regards to Chapter 257 has finally been reached.

House Ways & Means Releases Budget

On April 15, the House Ways & Means Committee released their budget proposal.

Nearly 800 Caring Force Members fill State House!

The Caring Force held its 4th Annual Caring Force Rally at the State House on April 7 where nearly 800 members advocated in support of human services.

Final Countdown to The Caring Force Rally!

The Caring Force State House rally is on April 7 at the Massachusetts State House

Support Human Services: Attend budget hearings

The Senate Ways and Means committee will begin holding public hearings this month to address concerns about the FY '16 budget.

Governor Baker Releases Budget Proposal

On March 4, Governor Baker released his FY '16 budget proposal -- his first as Governor of Massachusetts.

Register Today: 2015 Caring Force Rally

The Caring Force will hold their 4th State House Rally on April 7 at the Great Hall.

Gov. Baker signs FY ‘15 budget fix

Governor Charlie Baker on Friday, Feb. 13, signed a spending bill designed to fix a $768 million deficit in the state's FY '15 budget.

Administration makes some 9C cuts to human services

Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders held a teleconference Wednesday, February 4 with providers, coalitions, membership organizations and other EOHHS stakeholders about the Administration's efforts to close a $768 million gap in the FY '15 budget.

Take action TODAY: Ask Legislators to co-sponsor Legislative Agenda

2015-2016 Legislative Agenda

The Providers' Council has file their pro-workforce legislative agenda for the 2015-2016 legislative session.

Senate announces committee chairs, leaders

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, who was elected president by his colleagues, announced leadership positions and committee assignments for Senate Democrats on Wednesday, January 21.

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.

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