Retired psych employees returning to work will keep pensions
State Rep. Annette Glenn has voted in support of a House plan to combat the ongoing shortage of psychiatry workers in Michigan.
The issue was brought to the Legislature’s attention last term during the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force statewide tour, which aimed to find ways to improve Michigan’s mental health system by listening to mental health experts, families of patients and law enforcement officials.
The plan would allow certain retired mental health professionals to come back to work with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) without forfeiting their pension benefits.
“Across our state, there are many psychiatric workers who would consider returning to public psychiatric care if they didn’t have to worry about losing their hard-earned pension income,” said Glenn, of Midland. “That’s why I’m so supportive of this measure that helps ensure more state psychiatric jobs are filled by experienced individuals and prevents worker pension loss.”
The state already allows retired psychiatrists to continue to keep their pensions during reemployment with the state. Glenn contends the state should extend that same opportunity to other mental health care professionals such as physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors and therapists to combat serious shortages in such roles.
House Bill 4156 was approved unanimous, bipartisan support and now moves to be considered by the state Senate.