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AuSable Valley CMHA Workforce Retention Initiatives

Healthcare Industry

Community Mental Health

Organizations Involved

AuSable Valley CMHA

Occupations Involved

Social Work students; Occupations Requiring an MSW

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers AND healthcare workforce retention

Workforce Issues Addressed

Training individuals to work in a healthcare profession; Providing a benefit or incentive that encourages individuals to pursue a healthcare profession; any activity or implement that addresses reducing healthcare professional turnover; improving staffing shortage; Increasing wages and/or expanding benefits for current healthcare professionals; Increasing work and/or workplace flexibility for current healthcare professionals; Recognizing and/ or rewarding healthcare professionals at their places of work


AuSable Valley CMHA offers several incentives to increase the recruitment of healthcare professionals through an internship program in partnership with SVSU, Spring Arbor, MSU, Wayne State, and UM, that compensates BSW and MSW interns and their supervisors. AuSable Valley also offers current staff retention incentives, including additional PTO days, a competitive 12-step wage scale, hybrid work schedule flexibility, and recognition, appreciation, and inclusion activities through an engagement committee.

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