News — State Legislature
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?
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.
The Providers' Council will host a Finance Roundtable for its members on Tuesday, September 30 at JRI in Needham.
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.
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!
The Providers' Council this week submitted testimony to EOHHS on rates for adult housing, community support services and certain elder care 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.
Late Monday, the Providers' Council submitted testimony on 101 CMR 414.00, Rates for Family Stabilization Services.
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.
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!
The Providers' Council on Thursday, May 15 submitted testimony on Youth Intermediate Term Stabilization Services (101 CMR 413.00).
Twenty-one senators have signed on as co-sponsors to Sen. Karen Spilka's Salary Reserve amendment!
The Senate Ways & Means Committee released its budget on Wednesday, May 14 without a Salary Reserve for low-paid human services workers.
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 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.
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.
More than 500 human service workers, clients/consumers and supporters from The Caring Force rallied at the State House and visited lawmakers to urge the Legislature to fairly fund human service programs and wages on Tuesday.
The Providers' Council has received multiple mentions in newspapers throughout Massachusetts over the past week.
On Monday, March 31, the Providers' Council submitted testimony to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on 101 CMR 410.00, Rates for Competitive Integrated Employment Services.
Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes