Gov. Justice authorizes hiring bonus to recruit CPS workers

(Gov. Justice Office)
Published: Dec. 14, 2022 at 4:48 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - West Virginia Gov. Justice authorized a $5,000 hiring bonus Wednesday for the positions of CPS Worker, CPS Worker Trainee and Social Service Worker 3 (Youth Services).

This requires a one-year employment commitment in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

26 West Virginian counties are eligible for a $2,500 sign-on bonus for the positions of CPS Worker, CPS Worker Trainee and Social Service Worker 3 (Youth Services), which also requires a one-year employment commitment. The counties are Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Harrison, Kanawha, Lewis, Logan, Marion, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Preston, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Wayne, and Webster.

Gov. Justice also issued an Executive Order which allows individuals who have retired from DHHR to come back on a limited basis while still drawing their full retirement.

Additionally, Interim DHHR Secretary Coben has immediately lifted a hiring freeze.

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“I am pleased that this dynamic leadership team, with the help of the Governor’s staff, has worked through hiring issues at DHHR and the West Virginia Division of Personnel to begin clearing out lists of potential applicants who may want to work at DHHR but may have fallen through the cracks,” said Dr. Coben.

DHHR plans to immediately begin recruiting a future workforce by coordinating with and reaching out to high school programs, the Mountaineer Challenge Academy, West Virginia Department of Education’s Technical and Adult Education division, the West Virginia Community & Technical College system, college-level health sciences students, and the Jobs & Hope West Virginia program.

Two new Child Protective Service (CPS) Workers and one Youth Service Worker were hired in the Eastern Panhandle, which has experienced a critical shortage of staff in these areas. They will be immediately onboarded to serve the needs in the Eastern Panhandle.

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