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Council Members Testify at Chapter 257 Hearing

On Tuesday, November 25, the Joint Committees on Public Health and Mental Health & Substance Abuse convened hearing on the review and establishment of reimbursement rates for behavioral health and addiction treatment services. Panels gave testimony regarding residential treatment services, specialty residential treatment services, community based flexible supports, recovery learning communities and recovery high schools.

The two committees convened the hearing to hear from providers regarding implementation of Chapter 257, a 2008 law designed to update payment rates for community-based human services providers.

Several behavioral health organizations gave testimony including Council members Casa Esperanza, Victory Programs, High Point Treatment Center, Inc., Vinfen and Bay Cove Human Services. Leaders who testified agreed that the salaries of those who care for the Commonwealth's most vulnerable citizens are far too low. Several individuals also commented on the impracticality of running residential homes at rates that do not cover the full cost of services.

The Council is continuing to monitor the implementation of Chapter 257. If you have any questions about the hearing or Chapter 257 in general, please contact Bill Yelenak