Compass Health has newly negotiated wage increases for all front-line, clinical staff across the agency, with all positions receiving an increase somewhere between 5% and 30%. The new wage increases are just part of the way the behavioral health non-profit is working to address and overcome the workforce shortages felt across the country, specifically in the behavioral health field.
For example, the starting wage for a brand-new graduate with a master’s degree and no experience has increased 18%. Master’s prepared clinicians with licensure now have a special higher scale – a licensed clinician with 5 years’ experience will see a 30% increase over the old scale. New Peer Counselors can expect to see increases between 11-12%. On-call staff in all positions receive a 20% premium.
In addition to annual step increases, a tenure “advancement scale” was established, which accelerates the individual’s increases on their first and third anniversaries. Compass Health’s hope is that this new scale and tenure advancements will help the organization retain its valued staff.
In addition, Compass Health will continue to provide full-time employees with a generous benefits package, which include 100% agency-paid premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees who work 30 hours a week and above, 16 days of paid vacation in the first year, educational funds and 5 days of training leave per year, reimbursement for licensure fees, substantial sick and bereavement leave benefits, and matching retirement options. In addition to the 10 previously established agency holidays, Compass Health will also officially observe Juneteenth as a holiday starting next year with administrative and outpatient offices closed in observance and remembrance. Regular full and part time employees also receive up to 2 additional Personal Floating Holidays. (Benefits are prorated based on number of hours worked per week (FTE).)
The increases, coupled with the comprehensive benefits package already offered, are just part of what our agency is doing to make Compass Health the place behavioral health and administrative professionals choose to come to work.