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Council, members testify on Family Transitional Support rates

The Providers' Council and a number of its members testified Tuesday morning on new Family Transitional Support Services rates being proposed by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services under Chapter 257.

Council members -- including Safe Passage, Inc. Executive Director Marianne Winters; New Bedford Women's Center Executive Director Pamela MacLeod-Lima; YWCA of Western Massachusetts Executive Director Mary Reardon Johnson; and Jane Doe Inc. Executive Director Mary Lauby and Policy Director Maureen Gallagher -- were among those who presented testimony.

State Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera also presented testimony on behalf of several Western Massachusetts state representatives, asking EOHHS to protect programs in Western Massachusetts, and Council Director of Public Policy and Communications Bill Yelenak presented testimony informing EOHHS of how the rates fail to address several aspects of Chapter 257.

The Council asked EOHHS to hold harmless providers who had already been working with a higher rate than what was proposed; include geographic concerns in the rate structure; address regional disparities with the rates; take into account client acuity and service needs; and benchmark higher salaries, particularly for direct care staff.

As the Council receives its members testimony, it will be posted below. The Council will add its testimony to this page after it formally files it with EOHHS.

For more information or questions, please contact Bill Yelenak.