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West Virginia agency appeals judge’s pay raise directive

CHARLESTON (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.

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