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House Ways & Means proposes $47.65B FY ’22 budget; echoes Gov. Baker’s call for $79m for Chapter 257 Rate Reserve

House Ways & Means proposes $47.65B FY ’22 budget; echoes Gov. Baker’s call for $79m for Chapter 257 Rate Reserve

The House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday  released a $47.65 billion FY ’22 budget proposal that includes a $79 million Chapter 257 Rate Reserve and other investments in human services programs, including housing assistance, substance use and mental health treatment. The House budget plan calls for a $1.19 billion spending increase, or 2.6 percent

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Applications now open for the Council’s Certificate in Nonprofit Human Service Management program beginning this fall

Applications now open for the Council’s Certificate in Nonprofit Human Service Management program beginning this fall

Applications are now open for the Providers’ Council’s Certificate in Nonprofit Human Service Management program beginning this fall! This year-long, graduate-level program is designed for mid-career human service professionals who seek to strengthen their management skills and learn in specialized, sector-specific classes with peers from other human service agencies. The program is offered in partnership with Suffolk

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Chair and two new Board members elected at Council’s online 46th Annual Membership & Business Meeting

Chair and two new Board members elected at Council’s online 46th Annual Membership & Business Meeting

The Providers’ Council welcomed two new board members and a new board chair today at its online 46th Annual Membership & Business Meeting via Zoom today. “2020 was an incredibly unusual year,” said Michael Weekes, the Council’s CEO and president, in his welcoming statement. “COVID-19 shook not only our nation and the world, but our

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The Council’s online Annual Membership & Business Meeting is April 7

The Council’s online Annual Membership & Business Meeting is April 7

This year the Providers’ Council will be hosting its Annual Membership & Business Meeting in an online format via Zoom on Wednesday, April 7. Registration for this members-only event closes April 5 and space is limited, so make sure you reserve your spot today. The Annual Membership & Business Meeting – for Council members only – will take place from 10:30

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New from EOHHS: Updated Phase 4 guidance for residential and congregate care programs

New from EOHHS: Updated Phase 4 guidance for residential and congregate care programs

EOHHS has issued updated guidance  for agencies for Phase 4 re-opening. Reopening Health and Human Services in Massachusetts  contains links to  relevant guidance (including day programs, hospital procedures and transportation.) A direct link to the March 22 updated Residential and Congregate Care Guidance from EOHHS that includes PPE, Vaccine and return-to-work policies can be found

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Council urges state lawmakers to support Competitive Integrated Employment Services

Council urges state lawmakers to support Competitive Integrated Employment Services

The Council, on behalf of more than a dozen of its members, sent a letter this week urging  the House and Senate Ways & Means Committees to support Competitive Integrated Employment Services. CIES is the state’s only welfare-to-work program; it helps individuals who are receiving state assistance transition off welfare. The Council wrote: Over the

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The March Provider is out!

The March Provider is out!

We are pleased to share the March 2021 e-issue of The Provider. This month, we have a front-page feature on a new state report examining barriers to hiring people with disabilities, an update on TCF’s Essential Workers campaign, and news on the Council’s newly filed pro-workforce bills. In this edition you’ll also find: Commentary from Rep. Michlewitz

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Council denounces Atlanta violence against Asian community and urges more anti-racism practices and education

Council denounces Atlanta violence against Asian community and urges more anti-racism practices and education

Recently, we saw the tragic and violent killings of members of the Asian community in Atlanta. Police say six women and two men were targeted and killed by a gunman who appears to be a white domestic terrorist. This comes after other recent attacks on members of the Asian community in New York, California and

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