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Council submits testimony on family stabilization rates

The Providers’ Council has submitted written testimony to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services seeking further review of rates that have been proposed for family stabilization services, including Family Resource Centers.

Providers’ Council members The Home for Little Wanderers, the Children’s League of Massachusetts and others provided testimony Sept. 30 during the public hearing for 101 CMR 414.00, Rates for Family Support and Stabilization Services.

The Home’s testimony included concern about the $30 allowance per family served by a Family Resource Center, noting it is too low to cover costs of transportation and nutritious meals for a family.  Erin Bradley of the Children's League cited the need for staffing and salary increases.

Council testimony also noted that the proposed salaries do not appear to factor in the Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Final Rule that will go into effect on Dec. 1 and make most employees earning less than $47,476 eligible for overtime. Nor do reimbursements for transportation and occupancy appear to reflect the geographic differences in the state.

You can read the Council’s complete testimony here. If you have questions about the proposed 101 CMR 414.00, Rates for Family Support and Stabilization Services, contact Bill Yelenak.