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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.

Is your voter registration up to date for this year’s elections?

With the voter registration deadline for the primary election in Massachusetts right around the corner, it's important that you're registered to vote and that your voter registration is up to date!

Council submits testimony on adult housing, elder care services

The Providers' Council this week submitted testimony to EOHHS on rates for adult housing, community support services and certain elder care services.

Council submits testimony on YSTS services

Late last week, the Providers' Council submitted testimony to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on the proposed Payments for Youth Short-Term Stabilization and Emergency Placement Services.

Council submits testimony on Family Resource Centers

Late Monday, the Providers' Council submitted testimony on 101 CMR 414.00, Rates for Family Stabilization Services.

Conference budget contains Salary Reserve, other investments!

The Conference Committee budget proposal, released late Sunday night, includes an $8 million annualized Salary Reserve (line item 1599-6901), ensuring a modest salary adjustment for many low-paid direct care workers.

Senate unanimously approves $8m Salary Reserve!

Just minutes before 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, the state Senate unanimously approved a $8 million Salary Reserve for low-paid direct care workers!

Council submits testimony on youth services

The Providers' Council on Thursday, May 15 submitted testimony on Youth Intermediate Term Stabilization Services (101 CMR 413.00).

Twenty-one senators co-sponsor Salary Reserve amendment!

Twenty-one senators have signed on as co-sponsors to Sen. Karen Spilka's Salary Reserve amendment!

Advocacy needed for Salary Reserve in Senate budget

The Senate Ways & Means Committee released its budget on Wednesday, May 14 without a Salary Reserve for low-paid human services workers.

House omits Salary Reserve from budget proposal

Despite receiving support from nearly 90 representatives, a $16.6 million Salary Reserve amendment -- which would give a modest wage increase to low-paid direct care workers -- was not included in the final House budget last night.

More than half of House co-sponsors Salary Reserve amendment!

More than half of representatives in the state House have co-sponsored an amendment that would provide a $16.6 million annualized Salary Reserve to low-paid direct care workers making under $40,000 per year.

Ask your rep. to co-sponsor Salary Reserve amendment!

Members of the Providers' Council and The Caring Force are asking their representatives to co-sponsor Rep. David Linsky's amendment for a $16.6 million Salary Reserve for low-paid direct care workers.

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