News The Collaborative issues statement on salary benchmark rate increase

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, July 27 announced investment of approximately $51.3 million in human services rates. The rate increases reflect the incorporation of the most current Bureau of Labor Statistics benchmarks for key human service position occupational codes for rates that had become effective July 1, 2021. This funding comes after discussion between the Baker Administration and The Collaborative — a group of human services trade associations including the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, the Children’s League of Massachusetts and the Providers’ Council. More information about the impacted rates is available here.

After the announcement, The Collaborative issued this statement:

“Human service providers are keenly aware of the ongoing recruitment and retention struggles threatening the viability of their programs. The recent announcement proposing enhanced human service reimbursements through updated salary benchmarks exemplifies the Baker Administration’s continued commitment to addressing the workforce crisis in our sector. This investment would enable rate payments that more accurately reflect the high-quality and indispensable care currently provided to millions of Massachusetts residents.

COVID-19 has exacerbated both the need for services and the difficulties providers face in filling positions. We applaud Governor Baker, EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders, and other members of the administration for their tireless efforts and collaboration with the Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH), the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP), the Providers’ Council and the Children’s League of Massachusetts to ensure the stability of the human services sector. We look forward to these funds supporting a robust and competitive workforce that can deliver urgently needed healthcare.”

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