Throughout 2013, the Providers’ Council and its membership led efforts to build brighter futures for all in the Commonwealth.
Council members sent thousands of e-mails, made countless phone calls and visited their legislators, and as a result, we were successful in securing a human services Salary Reserve for a third straight year. We remain committed to comprehensive purchase-of-service reform for the over $2 billion contracted human services sector and the full and fair implementation of Chapter 257. More than 17,000 individuals utilized our educational programming in 2013, and a record 1,100 human services professionals and stakeholders attended the Council’s 38th Annual Convention & Expo in November.
The Council also launched innovative programs and collaborative partnerships that will help to shape our sector for years to come. Providers’ Benchmarking will allow members to measure their performance over time and compare their operations to similar organizations in the sector. We welcomed two new Endorsed Business Partners, New England Office Supply and Unemployment Tax Management Corporation, which will help our members save time and money. A report done in partnership with Boston College explored models of social innovation and highlighted many Council members.
The Providers’ Council and its members will continue to strengthen the human services sector, and while we had many successes in 2013, we are already working to make 2014 even better. We thank you for your continued support and your Council membership. We look foward to collaborating with you in the coming year to continue the important work we do together.