Here at Seven Hills, we strongly encourage everyone to be advocates on behalf of the people we support as well as our hardworking, dedicated employees. Very simply, advocacy is about educating and influencing those who make policy and budget decisions. That is why we remain in regular contact with legislators at both the state and federal levels and with the state administrations of both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Everyone associated with Seven Hills Foundation in Massachusetts is encouraged to join The Caring Force. The mission of The Caring Force is to empower those who care about the human services sector to advance an agenda that creates an environment in Massachusetts that protects our most vulnerable neighbors and creates a stronger economy with the pay, recognition, and respect our workers deserve. To be successful, the Caring Force needs individuals, parents, guardians, directors, trustees, employees—everyone to join and get involved.
Together, we can help make our goal a reality. Help by advocating for the Providers’ Council’s 2017-2018 Legislative Agenda, which includes three pro-workforce bills:
- An act relative to access to health insurance for human service providers and employees, which would allow providers to access the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) in an effort to increase options for buying health insurance products and controlling insurance costs.
- An act establishing a loan repayment program for direct care human service workers that would create an education loan repayment program for direct care workers who work a minimum of 35 hours per week, earn less than $45,000 per year and have worked in the sector for 12 consecutive months.
- An act relative to fair pay for comparable work, which would set a schedule to fully eliminate the pay disparity between state workers and those employed by private, community-based human service nonprofits who are doing similar work.
To find the complete version of the 2017-2018 Legislative Agenda click here.
We have quite a bit to accomplish this session, but with all of your help I’m sure we can make a difference!
For more information on Advocacy, contact:
Vice President for Government and Community Relations