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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.

Salary Reserve Update

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

Update: Salary Reserve Timeline

The first payment for providers should be sent out as soon as December 19, 2014.

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.

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.

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.

EOHHS announces FY ‘15 Salary Reserve timeline

On Tuesday, August 12, EOHHS announced the schedule for the FY '15 Salary Reserve application period and distribution period online at its Salary Reserve webpage. As you recall, an $8 million annualized Salary Reserve was included in the final FY '15 budget. We are please that it appears payments will be distributed before the holidays this year.

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