The State Worker

The costs of California state health care overtime

The sign outside Napa Valley State Hospital, one of many state facilities that routinely use overtime to keep staffing levels up rather than hire more nurses and psychiatric technicians.
The sign outside Napa Valley State Hospital, one of many state facilities that routinely use overtime to keep staffing levels up rather than hire more nurses and psychiatric technicians. Napa Valley Register

This week’s State Worker column looks at overtime for nurses and psychiatric technicians working in state prisons, mental health facilities and prisons. Here are some numbers from the Little Hoover Commission report that underpin the column:

The commission analyzed health care overtime in four departments. Here’s the breakdown:

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