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Collaborative sends letter on Salary Reserve delay to Governor

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has delayed the implementation of the FY '13 Salary Reserve, expected to be distributed to low-paid employees before the holiday season.

Salary Reserve allocation amounts were expected to be posted on November 5 on mass.gov/salaryreserve. Allocations were never posted. On Nov. 6, a notice appeared saying "The posting of the FY2013 Salary Reserve allocations are delayed.  Providers are encouraged to continue to check the salary reserve webpage for further updates."

The Providers' Council, the Association for Behavioral Healthcare and the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers -- the three organizations that make up The Collaborative -- sent a letter to Governor Deval Patrick on November 7, asking him to protect the $20 million fund for workers making less than $40,000/year. This would be the first annualized increase for most direct care workers in five years.

"As the state works to assess the condition of its revenue and the impact on current year spending, we wish to encourage the Administration to be sensitive and cautious with regard to the impact that any spending reductions may have on low-paid direct support professionals," the letter read. "If there are any spending reductions, we appeal to you to protect the $20 million Human Service Salary Reserve enacted this summer. We are deeply sensitive to the dilemma you face in assessing the state’s fiscal outlook."

To download the full letter, click here. Contact Bill Yelenak at the Providers' Council with any questions.