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Council defends sector in Herald Letter to the Editor

Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes had a letter to the editor in the Boston Herald on Thursday, October 20, defending the human services sector. A former public official, in a Herald story on Monday, October 17, claimed it is "very difficult to get information" from the human services sector.

The text of our letter to the editor is below. You can also view it as a PDF or see it on the Herald's website.

Our state's community-based human services sector is indeed subject to extensive reporting requirements and is monitored by the IRS, Department of Labor, Massachusetts attorney general, secretary of state and Legislature, as well as the Executive Offices of Administration and Finance and Health and Human Services, and, in most cases, a state contracting office (Oct. 17).

Strange that a former state official would believe it is difficult to receive information from the sector. In addition, each of these organizations is governed by a volunteer board that oversees an annual independent certified audit. While we are disappointed when isolated acts of abuse occur, the public can be assured that their human services providers are highly regulated.

Michael Weekes
Providers' Council