News Council testifies at three additional Chapter 257 hearings

The Providers’ Council testified at three hearings today regarding Chapter 257 rate adjustments for Family Transitional Support Services, Certain Substance-related and Addictive Disorders Programs and Certain In-home Basic Living Supports.

The Council urged the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to re-review rates and benchmark salaries for human services workers to the 75th percentile of the most recently available Bureau of Labor Statistics state-specific data, to review the IHS Economics model and discard the inadequate “optimistic” model from its analysis, to increase the tax and fringe rate from the proposed 24.22 percent to 27.97 percent and to increase the administrative allocation from 12 percent to between 15 and 18 percent.

These requests were made last month as well, at six different Chapter 257 rate adjustments hearings.

“While our testimony contains many ‘numbers,’ those figures represent real people in Massachusetts that are essential to the state’s ability to fulfill its mission,” wrote Council President and CEO Michael Weekes. “It is our hope that adequately funding these programs with our recommendations gives our providers the best opportunity to meet your mandates and serve the Commonwealth’s residents with quality services from a stable and essential workforce.”

To view the full testimony, click here.

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