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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 136        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 22

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Gale D. Candaras

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to creating a loan repayment program for direct care human service workers.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

William C. Galvin

6th Norfolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Michael R. Knapik

Second Hampden and Hampshire


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 136        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 22

By Ms. Candaras, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 22) of Gale D. Candaras, John W. Scibak, Stephen L. DiNatale, Alan Silvia and other members of the General Court for legislation to create a loan repayment program for direct care human service workers.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 29 OF 2011-2012.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to creating a loan repayment program for direct care human service workers.

 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Section 16 of Chapter 6A shall be amended by inserting the following new section, 16A. There shall be a student loan program for credentialed direct care human service workers for the purpose of encouraging individuals to enter and continue to work in human service programs. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services shall administer the program in accordance with guidelines promulgated by the Department of Education.

              The term "qualified education loan'' shall mean any indebtedness including interest on such indebtedness incurred to pay tuition or other direct expenses incurred in connection with the pursuit of a certificate, undergraduate or graduate degree by an applicant, but shall not include loans made by any person related to the applicant.

              To be eligible for this program a participant must be working a minimum of 35 hours per week as a credentialed direct care human service worker and have an individual income of less than forty-five thousand annually. This program will also help defray costs from previously incurred student loans for graduates holding certificate, undergraduate or graduate degrees once they have maintained twelve consecutive months of employment at a minimum of 35 hours per week.

              Eligible participants in this program can be reimbursed up to $1800 per year based on the amount of loan payments made in the previous calendar year, and pending state funding for the program. The commonwealth shall repay the eligible participant's student loan at a rate not to exceed $150 dollars per month for a period not to exceed 48 months. Payments by the commonwealth shall cover loan payments by the eligible participant in the months during which the direct care human service worker provides services in the commonwealth.

              A "credentialed direct care human service worker" is defined as a credentialed worker who provides services by supporting individuals and families efforts to function in daily living situations. Human service worker is a generic term for people who hold professional and paraprofessional jobs in settings such as group homes and halfway houses; institutional or residential settings; correctional, mental retardation, and community mental health centers; family, child, and youth service agencies, and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, and aging; in addition such worker shall have passed the course requirements and been issued a credential by the Massachusetts Council of Human Services Providers.

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