ALBANY, NY- Governor Kathy Hochul has revealed the launch of the Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus program.
Enacted in the Fiscal Year 2023 New York State Budget, the program includes $1.3 billion allocated for the payment of recruitment and retention bonuses to certain health care and mental hygiene workers, a key initiative in the Governor's aim to increase the state's health care workforce by 20 percent over the next five years.
Bonuses will be awarded to eligible workers who make less than $125,000 annually and remain in their positions for at least six months, according to the Governor's Office.
Disbursements will be commensurate with the number of hours worked and duration of service within designated vesting periods for up to a total of $3,000 per employee.
Qualified employees who work:
• At least 20 hours but no more than 30 hours per week are eligible for a bonus of $500.
• At least 30 hours but no more than 35 hours per week are eligible for a bonus of $1,000.
• At least 35 hours per week are eligible for a bonus of $1,500.
"Throughout the pandemic, including the early days when many were hunkered down at home, our health care workers and first responders have shown up day after day to keep New Yorkers healthy and save lives," Governor Hochul said.
"Health care workers are the foundation of our medical system, and we need to acknowledge the sacrifices they have made to bring us through these challenging times. Our bonus program is about more than just thanks, this is an investment in health care and with it we will retain, rebuild, and grow our health care workforce and ensure we deliver the highest quality care for New Yorkers."
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