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April 16, 2008

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287


Innovative Direct Care Recruitment/Retention Plan in Place at BSDC

Lincoln - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is taking action to address compelling direct care staffing needs at the Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC).

"This six-point action plan is uniquely tailored to BSDC," said John Wyvill, director for the Division of Developmental Disabilities in DHHS. "Many of the ideas came from suggestions made by direct care staff at BSDC."

The plan focuses on recruiting and retaining Developmental Technician IIs and IIIs and includes:

  • Referral incentives for current BSDC staff
    • $500 referral incentive for any current BSDC staff if someone they refer is hired and stays six months, and $1,000 to current staff if the new person stays one year or more. The only exception is that anyone directly involved in the hiring process for the new employee is not eligible for the incentive.
  • Recruitment/Retention Incentive to new staff
    • $500 sign-on recruitment/retention incentive for new hires after completion of training and certification, $1,000 after the first year at BSDC, and $2,000 after their second year at BSDC.
  • Performance Incentive to current staff
    • $1,000 performance incentives to Developmental Technician IIs and Developmental Technician IIIs who receive a satisfactory or above performance rating.
  • Hiring a full-time New Employee Orientation Facilitator for one year, with a possible extension.
  • Hiring four full-time Mentor/Buddy Positions to coach, mentor and train new employees.
  • Continuing temporary staffing, possibly through August.

The six-point recruitment and retention action plan for BSDC addresses quality of care and active treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities; job satisfaction, well-being, and teamwork of employees; compliance with applicable state and federal standards; and the ability to recruit, train and retain dedicated, motivated staff .

"I appreciate the resources and the support that the Legislature and the Governor provided for BSDC," Wyvill said.

The Legislature approved use of $1.5 million in federal funds that can only be used for strategies, including bonuses, to retain and recruit quality staff and employees at the BSDC.