Agency appeals directive to give raises to some workers at W.Va.'s psychiatric hospitals

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is appealing a judge's directive to give pay raises to some workers at the state's two psychiatric hospitals.

The directive is part of an order issued June 2 by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom in an ongoing case centering on the treatment of mental health patients.

Bloom directed the DHHR to immediately implement a special starting salary for new health service workers at the hospitals. Workers hired or promoted since January 2103 must be retroactively compensated.

The Charleston Gazette ( ) reports that the DHHR appealed the directive to the West Virginia Supreme Court earlier this month. The agency says it has complied with a similar order issued in 2009. It also says other aspects of the case remain unsolved.

Information from: The Charleston Gazette,

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