Over the past 40 years, the Providers’ Council, in concert with its diverse membership, built a strong, community-based human services sector that provides critical care and assistance to one-in-ten state residents.
Community-based human services agencies have a profound impact on the lives of clients throughout the Commonwealth. In 1972, the nascent sector had only $25 million in purchase-ofservice contracts with the state. Today, purchase-of-service contracts total nearly $2.4 billion, with more than 670,000 state residents receiving services and over 145,000 employees working in the field. Our sector has indeed become an impressive Caring Force providing hope, protection and opportunity.
This sector creates community and has experienced exponential growth, and the Providers’ Council is proud that we have been a part of this incredible field that has made a difference in the lives of so many people. Whether it is protecting our children, helping an individual with developmental disabilities live a more independent life in the community, empowering survivors of abuse, assisting elderly individuals, making a difference in the life of someone recovering from addictions or creating stronger communities, the Council is proud that our members have been there to make it happen.
In 2014, the Council continued to provide high quality services to our sector. We joined in securing over $200 million in rate relief and an $8 million annualized Salary Reserve, which gave a number of low-paid workers a modest salary increase. We welcomed the four major candidates for governor at the second Human Services Gubernatorial Forum at Faneuil Hall. And we completed a landmark study of the human services sector, quantifying the incredible economic impact of our members and others.
We’re thrilled about everything we’ve been able to accomplish together – both in 2014 and over the past 40 years. The Council is already working to make 2015 our best year yet, and we’re excited
about what the future holds for community-based human services organizations in the Commonwealth. Buoyed by our success, we look forward to the journey with you to strengthen the human services sector in Massachusetts for another 40 years and beyond.