- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Health care workers at West Virginia’s state-run psychiatric hospitals are expected to get pay raises at the beginning of 2015.

The Department of Health and Human Resources is under a court order to increase employee pay at William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston and Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington.

Media outlets report that DHHR officials outlined the pay plan on Tuesday at a hearing before Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom.

The DHHR’s attorney, Dan Greear, told Bloom that the state Board of Personnel approved the agency’s request to increase the base salaries of health services workers, nurses and physicians. The agency also received approval to provide retention incentives.

Human resources director Monica Robinson said the salary increases and incentives could be in place by Jan. 1.

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