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Barry County CMHA Workforce Retention Initiatives

Barry County CMHA

Community Mental Health

Healthcare Industry

Organizations Involved

Occupations Impacted

Occupations Requiring an MSW; Psychiatrists; Counselors; Psychologists; Other: Peer Support Specialists; Social Work students; Psychology students; Counseling students

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers AND healthcare workforce retention

Workforce Issue Addressed

Training individuals to work in a healthcare profession; Increasing wages and/or expanding benefits for current healthcare professionals; Increasing work and/or workplace flexibility for current healthcare professionals


Barry County CMHA is working to reignite internship programs in partnership with local colleges. Additionally, they offer several staff retention incentives including an adjusted pay scale, longevity payments, and flexible work schedules

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