News Providers’ Council submits testimony for two additional Chapter 257 hearings

The Providers’ Council attended and submitted testimony at two hearings today regarding Chapter 257 rate adjustments for Youth Intermediate-Term Stabilization Services and for Family Stabilization Services.

The Council urged the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to re-review rates and benchmark salaries for human services workers to the 75th percentile of the most recently available Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) state-specific data, as well as ensure a transparent rate-setting process moving forward.

The Council also asked that EOHHS evaluate how its cost adjustment factor is calculated and consider higher amounts for tax/fringe and administrative allocation.

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

“Unfortunately, the workforce crisis in our sector – and in our state and nation – has worsened significantly since we presented testimony in May,” wrote Council President and CEO Michael Weekes. “It is our hope that adequately funding these programs with our recommendation gives our providers the best opportunity to meet your mandates and serve the Commonwealth’s residents with quality services from a stable workforce.”

To view the full testimony, click here.

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