Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2008

Below is information about Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2008, the landmark rate-setting law the Council and others worked to pass more than 10 years ago. The Council routinely attends public hearings and files testimony on human services rates.

Conference budget includes more funds, EMAC waiver

The Massachusetts state House and Senate overwhelming approved a $41.88 billion Fiscal Year 2019 budget late Wednesday afternoon that includes about $340 million in additional spending due to higher-than-projected state tax revenues. It also includes a nearly $5 million boost for DCF Family Resource Centers (4800-0040) and a Chapter 257 Rate Reserve account (1599-6903) of $39.7 million.

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Public hearings on 257 rates on Aug. 3

The Providers’ Council notified its members on Friday, July 13 that three public hearings will take place on Friday, August 3 in Quincy on rates for a number of programs covered under Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2008. The public hearings include: 101 CMR 418.00: Payments for Youth Short-Term Stabilization and Emergency Placement Services (10

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Council files ALTR testimony

The Providers’ Council filed testimony on 101 CMR 420.00, Rates for Adult Long Term Residential Services, with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on Friday, March 2.

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Council submits testimony on Youth Intermediate-Term Stabilization Services

The Providers’ Council and other human services trade associations submitted testimony on Thursday, March 1, 2018 on 101 CMR 413.00: Payments for Youth Intermediate-Term Stabilization Services. You can download the testimony here. In the testimony, the organizations discuss the Caring Together system and issues with the proposed rates. Specifically, the organizations express their concern that the underlying

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Governor proposes $40.9B budget for FY ’19

Budget season for Fiscal Year 2019 is officially underway. Governor Charlie Baker unveiled a $40.905 billion spending proposal for FY ’19 on Jan. 24, including modest increases or level-funding for most human services line items. As he did in his State of the Commonwealth address on Jan. 23, Gov. Baker used his budget message to

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