Virginia State Hospitals Fair Wages

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Virginia State Hospitals Fair Wages

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Tired Healthcare Workers started this petition to Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

As acknowledged by Alison Land, FACHE Commissioner, DBHDS currently stands at 1,547 direct patient support staff vacancies. While decision to reduce the capacity of 5 of 8 state hospitals to improve staffing ratios may reduce the workload of staff at those facilities, it is not a permanent solution.

DBHDS continues to pay staffing contracts which are sometimes 3 times their regular staff salaries. These contract staff are not renewing due to "unrelenting stress, required overtime, and dangerous environment." As a result, regular staff are left in dangerous environments without adequate reinforcement. The 108 new resignations over the past two weeks is not surprising considering individuals can seek employment at fast food chains and supermarkets for higher wages.

Instead of using emergency facility funds to procure additional contract staff, it should be used to compensate permanent staff. This would provide financial incentive for retention, and would likely improve recruitment efforts.

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