In depth: NYS budget includes bonuses for frontline healthcare workers


According to budget documents, frontline health care workers are “practitioners, technicians, assistants and aides who provide health or community care services to people, regardless of whether the person works full-time, part-time, salaried, hourly or temporary, or under contract independent, who received an annualized base salary of $125,000 or less.

This includes: medical assistants, dental hygienists, dental assistants, psychiatric aides, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, physical therapy aides, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, in occupational therapy, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, recreational therapists, all other therapists, orthoptists, prosthetists, clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, diagnostic sonographers, nuclear medicine technologists, radiology technologists, imaging technologists magnetic resonance, ophthalmology medical technicians, radiation therapists, dietary technicians, cardiology technologists and technicians, certified first responders, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, paramedics, surgical technologists and all other te health care engineers and technicians, health care aides, medical assistants, phlebotomists and all other health care support workers, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses and licensed professional nurses.

Also included: Mental Hygiene Workers, Residence/Site Worker, Counselor (OMH), Manager (OMH), Senior Counselor (OMH, Supervisor (OMH) Developmental Disabilities Specialist QIDP – Direct Care (OPWDD), Peer Advocate Certified Recovery , Peer Professional – Non-CRPA (OASAS only), Job Coach/Employment Specialist (OMH and OPWDD), Peer Specialist (OMH), Counselor – Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (CASAC), Counseling Aide/Assistant – Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Other Direct Care Staff, Case Manager, Counselor – Rehabilitation, Developmental Disabilities Specialist/Clinical QIDP Empowerment Specialist (OPWDD), Emergency Medical Technician, Intensive Case Manager (OMH), Intensive Case Manager/Coordinator (OMH) Nurse – Licensed Practical, Nurse – Registered; Psychologist); Psychologist (Masters)/behavioral specialist; psychology worker/other behavior worker; social worker – license (LMSW, LCSW); Social Worker – Masters Level (MSW); Certified Mental Health Counselor (OASAS, OMH, O CFS); Licensed Psychoanalyst (OMH); Therapist – Leisure; Therapist – Activity/Creative Arts; Therapist, occupational therapist; Dietician/Nutritionist; Therapy Assistant/Activity Assistant; nurse’s aide/medical aide; Behavioral Intervention Specialist 1 (OPWDD); Behavioral Intervention Specialist 2 (OPWDD); Clinical Coordinator; Admission/screening; Pharmacist; Marriage and Family Counselor/Therapist; Residential Treatment Facility Transition (RTF) Coordinator (OMH); Crisis Prevention Specialist (OMH); Early Recognition Specialist (OMH);

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