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Bevin adjusts pay of ‘front line workers,’ including social workers and corrections officers


The Governor’s Office has announced that in an effort to retain and recruit social workers, and to fulfill Gov. Matt Bevin’s pledge to increase the pay of our front line workers, social workers and family support employees across the Commonwealth of Kentucky will see an increase in their pay effective Sept. 16.

In his State of the Commonwealth address, Bevin pledged “$4.8 million dollars over the next biennium to increase entry level and new hire salaries for people who are taking care of our most vulnerable citizens.”

That includes $3.3 million dollars for Social Workers and Family Support Employees, and $384,900 for CHFS Correctional Workers.

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin

“This will positively affect 3,765 social workers and Family Support in this state,” said Bevin.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson announced the cabinet will be implementing grade changes and Special Entrance Rates (SER) for a number of positions in Social Service and Family Support.

“It is the cabinet’s hope that these changes will not only impact the recruitment of qualified candidates into social service and family support ranks, but also create better defined career paths for current long term staff.” said Glisson.

In addition to adjustments for new hires, current employees in these job titles will benefit from this action. All employees will be brought to the new minimums.

Employees in classifications with the SER change will also receive the difference between the old and new minimums.

Also, beginning Aug. 16, new corrections officers hired at Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center and Central State Hospital will receive a 13 percent increase over the previous entry salary.

In addition to adjustments for new hires, current employees in these job titles will also benefit from this action. Employees who make less than the new SER will have their salary raised to meet it.

From Health and Family Services Communications


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