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W.Va. agency appeals judge's pay raise directive

July 17, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — 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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