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EOHHS to hold listening sessions on regulation review

On January 15, 2015 Governor Charlie Baker issued Executive Order No. 562, in an effort to reduce regulatory burdens on the CommonwealthIn accordance with this, each state agency must review all regulations that fall under its jurisdiction in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR). State agencies and offices across the Commonwealth are coordinating and collaborating with one another during this process to identify and address regulations that are confusing, inconsistent, redundant or unnecessary.

The Providers' Council submitted a letter to the Secretary of Administration and Finance, Kristen Lepore, in September in order to discuss regulations of concern to the human services sector. The Council also submitted regulations through the Executive Office of Administration and Finance's online portal. Council members are encouraged to submit their thoughts using the online portal.

In an effort to gain further input from the public, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has scheduled five, two-hour Listening Sessions in Boston, Lawrence, Springfield, Taunton and Worcester. Each listening session will highlight specific EOHHS regulations.

Below is a list of listening sessions and the topic areas:

Session 1, October 22, 2015, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Highlighted Topics: Professional, Provider, and Facility Licensing; Determination of Need
Location: Holiday Inn (Governor’s Ballroom, 1st floor), 700 Myles Standish Boulevard, Taunton, MA 02780

Session 2, October 28, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon

Highlighted Topics: Welfare Reform; Background and CORI Checks
Location: Charles F. Hurley Building (Minihan Hall, 6th floor), 19 Staniford Street, Boston, MA 02114

Important note: You will need a valid photo ID to get into the Hurley building.

Session 3, November 4, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon

Highlighted Topics: Substance Use Disorder Treatment; Service Planning and Programs (Housing - Residential, Facilities, Assisted Living, Day Programs, Family Support, Home Care, Transportation, Employment); Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Supports
Location: Springfield Public Library, Mason Square Branch (Community Room, 1st floor), 765 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109

Session 4, November 12, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon

Highlighted Topics: Human Rights; Refugee Resettlement and Citizenship Assistance
Location: Worcester Public Library (Saxe Room, 1st floor), 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608

Session 5, November 19, 2015, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Highlighted Topics: Eligibility (Clients and Providers); Benefits and Access to Benefits; Children’s Services
Location: Lawrence Public Library (Sargent Auditorium, 1st floor), 51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA 01841

Click here for the official notice from EOHHS.

If you have any questions about Executive Order No. 562 or about attending a listening session, please contact Christine Mikiewicz.