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Texas Increases Starting Salary and Compensation for State Hospital Employees

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is addressing workforce issues by giving raises to around 19,600 employees at state hospitals and assisted living facilities in the upcoming weeks.

Based on a news release, the starting salary will rise for several occupations, like nursing, direct care, and food service.

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The organization works to keep wages competitive, attract and hire medical professionals, fill open positions, and increase the number of hospital beds. In consideration of staffing concerns, approximately 700 state hospital beds are unavailable, according to the announcement.

There are around 1,800 available positions at public hospitals and more than 2,100 in residential facilities. The press announcement named the cities where there are openings for employment as Abilene, Austin, Big Spring, Brenham, Corpus Christi, Denton, El Paso, Kerrville, Lubbock, Lufkin, Mexia, Richmond, Harlingen, Rusk, San Angelo, San Antonio, Terrell, Vernon, Waco, and Wichita Falls.


The HHSC says that although state-supported living facilities offer resident support for people with intellectual and developmental problems, state hospitals offer inpatient psychiatric care. Texas has 13 assisted living facilities, 1 residential adolescent center, and 9 state hospitals.