Executive Order 536, signed by Governor Patrick on August 25, 2011, establishes a Provider and Consumer Advisory Council to gather input from providers and consumers of social services regarding strategies for addressing system-wide factors in the establishment of rates of payment for social service programs that have cross-cutting implications across purchasing departments.

Although EOHHS conducts an average of 2-3 provider sessions for each specific Chapter 257 pricing project prior to the public hearing process, the purpose of this Advisory Council is to facilitate the involvement of Massachusetts social service providers and consumers, in an advisory capacity, in the development of policies, plans, and initiatives to address issues that have system-level impact on the implementation of Chapter 257 across all agencies and programs subject to Chapter 257.

The Advisory Council does not have a role in the operations, management, or development of rates of reimbursement under Chapter 257.

The Advisory Council will meet as deemed necessary by the Governor-appointed chairperson to provide timely and comprehensive input into developments within the system.

Upcoming Meetings for the Provider and Consumer Advisory Council


  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017


All PCAC meetings will be held at EOHHS at One Ashburton Place, Boston, Matta Conference Room, 1109

Materials from Previous Meetings

May 18, 2017

February 2, 2017

October 20, 2016

September 1, 2016

April 27, 2016

January 21, 2016

October 22, 2015

October 22, 2014

This information is from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.