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.

Council submits 257 testimony on seven rates

The Providers’ Council on Friday, May 15 submitted testimony on seven Chapter 257 rates, including: 101 CMR 414.00, Rates for Family Stabilization Services 101 CMR 412.00, Rates for Family Transitional Support Services 101 CMR 346.00, Rates for Certain Substance-related and Addictive Disorders Programs 101 CMR 424.00, Rates for Certain Developmental and Support Services 101 CMR

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Council, CLM, ABH submit YITS testimony

The Providers’ Council, the Association of Behavioral Healthcare and the Children’s League of Massachusetts submitted testimony in mid-May on 101 CMR 413.00, Rates for Youth Intermediate-Term Stabilization Services. The service is more widely known as Caring Together. The full testimony from the trades is available here. For more information about this Chapter 257 rate hearing or the

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Budget proposal includes $160m for Chapter 257 Reserve

Governor Baker’s budget proposal released Wednesday includes a record $160 million for the Chapter 257 and Human Services Reserve (1599‐6903) and the administration noted it intends to change the way salaries are set for human services workers who fill nearly 180,000 jobs in Massachusetts. In a briefing with stakeholders Thursday morning, EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders

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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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