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Forensic Housing and Recovery through Peer Services (HARPS) Program Manager (MAPS3|DBHR)

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Forensic Housing and Recovery through Peer Services (HARPS) Program Manager (MAPS3|DBHR)   

JOB TITLE:

Forensic Housing and Recovery through Peer Services (HARPS) Program Manager (MAPS3|DBHR)

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Olympia Western Australia United States

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Description



Forensic Housing and Recovery through Peer Services (HARPS) Program Manager (MAPS3/DBHR)
71070675

This position manages supportive housing programs for Trueblood class members.
This position oversees and monitors contracts with behavioral health providers, including interpretation, fiscal tracking, and technical assistance to ensure deliverables are met.
The ideal candidate will understand the importance and pressure around housing in Washington and the importance of supportive housing programs for people who are involved in the legal and forensic systems and have serious behavioral health disorders.
If you are a highly organized individual who builds strong relationships with external partners, this may be the position for you!

All HCA employees will apply an equity lens to their work, which may include but is not limited to all analyses of core business and processes.


Division philosophy statement:
The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery values and seeks diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral to the behavioral health field.
We support, embrace, and celebrate everyones uniqueness, promote inclusion, and commit to remove systemic barriers that affect our workforce, our providers, and the people that receive prevention, treatment, and/or recovery support services.


About the division:
The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) provides support for substance use treatment, mental health services, and problem gambling services through prevention, treatment, peer and recovery support.
Programs promote strategies that support healthy lifestyles by preventing the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, supporting recovery from substance use, promoting recovery and resiliency, reducing stigma, and mitigating the effects of problem gambling on the individual and family.
DBHR brings operational elements such as substance use and mental health into closer working relations to serve individuals more effectively and efficiently.


About the position:
This position provides consultative services to HCA leadership, DSHS, and the Attorney Generals office regarding the implementation of supportive housing services for the Forensic Housing and Recovery through Peer Services (HARPS) program for the Trueblood Settlement Agreement.
This position has significant influence on the successful implementation of the Trueblood Settlement Agreement through the administration, management, and oversight of the Forensic HARPS services and subsidies associated with the Trueblood v.
WA joint stipulation and project plan.
The Trueblood v.
WA joint stipulation and project plan is a statewide effort to establish long term remedies to the unconstitutional delays in competency evaluation and restoration services for individuals detained within jails across Washington state.
The Forensic HARPS program manager must ensure that action items within the phased implementation plans are met.


This position is eligible to telework and is typically not required to report on-site.
The default assigned work location of all Health Care Authority (HCA) positions both on-site and telework eligible positions is within the State of Washington.
Frequency of onsite work will vary based on business and operational needs.
HCA may choose, but is not required, to support out-of-state telework on a case-by-case basis.

Duties



Some of what you will do:


  • Provide consultative expertise to top-level HCA managers, DSHS leadership, Attorneys General, and State Councils on matters regarding Forensic HARPS services as it relates to the Trueblood Settlement Agreement.
  • Provide written and verbal presentations related to implementation plan for policy makers and stakeholders.
  • Formulate statewide policy and provide long range strategic direction for the agency by providing subject matter expertise related to Forensic HARPS supportive housing services.
  • Act as the Trueblood Element lead on Forensic HARPS by directing the development of homeless/healthcare initiatives to ensure access to quality behavioral health and healthcare services.
  • Manage a significant number of contracts related to the legislatively-funded work under the Trueblood Settlement Agreement.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the Forensic HARPS programs related to supportive housing, technical assistance, and consultative services.
  • Manage, train, and develop policies related to the implementation of Forensic HARPS teams.
    Plan, prioritize, and monitor use of budgets and resources.
    Manage program planning and delivery of services.
  • Facilitates and/or participates in cross collaborative meetings in each of the phased Trueblood regions.
  • Administer training, consultative services, and technical assistance on SAMSHA Evidence Based Practice of Permanent Supportive Housing model, peer support services, and strategies to engage individuals that have experienced homeless.
  • Conduct and facilitate cross-agency fidelity reviews with the Forensic HARPS teams.
  • Develop and ensure ongoing use of quality assurance standards and performance improvement metrics.
  • Administer, develop, and manage memorandums of understanding (MOUs), letters of agreement, inter-local agreements, fiscal procedures, and contract language.
  • Manage all required Forensics HARPS data reporting, requirements, and tracking.
  • Manage the fiscal accountability of the Forensic HARPS program, approve invoices, and track utilization of the program.

Qualifications



Required qualifications:

Qualifying candidates will meet oneof the following criteria options:

  • Option 1:
    • Masters degree in psychology, sociology, social work, human services, rehabilitation services, or closely related field and
    • Three years of supervisory or consultative experience in public behavioral health system with specific duties related to individuals who are homeless and have serious mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and/or managed behavioral healthcare.
  • Option 2:
    • Bachelors degree in a field identified above and
    • Five years of experience as defined above.
  • Option 3:
    • One year as a Medical Assistance Program Specialist 2
Note: Additional years of experience will substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.


Required competencies:
  • Knowledge of Washington State's community behavioral health system.
  • Knowledge of federal and state behavioral health statutes, rules and regulations including Medicaid regulations.
  • Knowledge of behavioral health managed care principles and contract issues, access, medical necessity, resource management, quality improvement, cultural competency, and provider contracting including priorities and rules related to federal funding.
  • Knowledge of the principles of SAMHSA's Evidence Based Permanent Supportive Housing Model.
  • Knowledge of role of Certified Peer Counselor within the community behavioral health system.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Knowledge and experience in project management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to develop and conduct presentations for diverse audiences.
  • Firm knowledge of the local, state, and federal housing resources.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • A proven ability to work with and commitment to right and ability of each person with a disability such as mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful, supportive, adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services.
  • Proven ability to develop supportive trusting relationships with individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for client's rights and personal preferences in treatment.
  • Personal commitment to the Recovery Model of care.
  • Experience working with peer counselors in a clinical setting.
  • Experience working in integrated clinical team settings.
  • Experience working with homeless populations.
  • Experience working with forensic system.
  • Experience providing training and technical assistance.
  • Knowledge of federal, state laws, rules, and procedures that govern supportive housing initiatives.

How to apply:

Only candidates who reflect the minimum qualifications on their NEOGOV profile will be considered.
Failure to follow the application instructions below may lead to disqualification.
To apply for this position, you will need to complete your profile which includes three professional references and attach:
  • A cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications for this position
  • Current resume

To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:
  • Attach a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 long-form copy), NGB 22, or USDVA signed verification of service letter.
  • Please black out any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers.
    Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.
    wa.
    gov.

Supplemental Information



About HCA:
Functioning as both the state's largest health care purchaser and its behavioral health authority, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is a leader in ensuring Washington residents have the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
There are three pillars of our work: Apple Health (Medicaid); the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) and School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) programs; and behavioral health and recovery.
Under these pillars, HCA purchases health care, including behavioral health treatment for more than 2.
7 million Washington residents and provides behavioral health prevention, crisis, and recovery supports to all Washington residents.


What we have to offer:

  • Meaningful work with friendly co-workers who care about those we serve Voices of HCA
  • A clear agency mission that drives our work and is person-centered HCA's Mission, Vision & Values
  • A healthy work/life balance, including alternative/flexible schedules and mobile work options.
  • A great total compensation and benefit package WA State Government Benefits
  • A safe, pleasant workplace in a convenient location with restaurants, and shopping nearby.
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • And free parking!

Notes:
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.
Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment.


HCA is an equal opportunity employer.
We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency.
HCA has five employee resource groups (ERGs).
ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups whose aim is to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with HCAs mission.
Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace.
Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact Jake Nelko at 360.
725.
0945 or jake.
nelko@hca.
wa.
gov.

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is an E-Verify employer.
All applicants with a legal right to work in the United States are encouraged to apply.
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive a list of new job postings at HCA.


More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket.
Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.


We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career.
Like everyone, your first priority is ensuring that you and your family will maintain health and financial security.
That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package.
We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.


Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months.
Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work (e.
g.
part-time); view the job posting for benefits details for job types other than full-time.


Note: If the position offers benefits which differ from the following, the job posting should include the specific benefits.


Insurance Benefits
Employees and their families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.
There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.


Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.
Employees are also covered by basic life and long-term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.


To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
The Washington Wellness program from the Health Care Authority works with PEBB to support our workplace wellness programs.


Dependent care assistance allows the employee to save pre-tax dollars for a child or elder care expenses.


Other insurance coverage for auto, boat, home, and renter insurance is available through payroll deduction.


The Washington State Employee Assistance Program promotes the health and well-being of employees.


Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).
New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.
For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.


Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).
This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.


Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems.
The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.


Public Service Loan Forgiveness
If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, and meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


Holidays
Full-time and part-time employees are entitled to paid holidays and one paid personal holiday per calendar year.


Note: Employees who are members of certain Unions may be entitled to additional personal leave day(s), please refer to position specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.


Full-time employees who work full monthly schedules qualify for holiday compensation if they are employed before the holiday and are in pay status for at least 80 nonovertime hours during the month of the holiday; or for the entire work shift preceding the holiday.


Part-time employees who are in pay status during the month of the holiday qualify for the holiday on a pro-rata basis.
Compensation for holidays (including personal holiday) will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status in the month to that required for full-time employment, excluding all holiday hours.
Pay status includes hours worked and time on paid leave.


Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month.
Overtime eligible employees who are in pay status for less than 80 hours per month, earn a monthly proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment.
Overtime exempt employees who are in pay status for less than 80 hours per month do not earn a monthly accrual of sick leave.


Sick leave accruals for part-time employees will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment.
Pay status includes hours worked, time on paid leave and paid holiday.


Vacation (Annual Leave)
Full-time employees accrue vacation leave at the rates specified in WAC 357-31-165(1) or the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
Full-time employees who are in pay status for less than 80 nonovertime hours in a month do not earn a monthly accrual of vacation leave.


Part-time employees accrue vacation leave hours in accordance with WAC 357-31-165(1) or the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on a pro rata basis.
Vacation leave accrual will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment.


Pay status includes hours worked, time on paid leave and paid holiday.


As provided in WAC 357-58-175, an employer may authorize a lump-sum accrual of vacation leave or accelerate the vacation leave accrual rate to support the recruitment and/or retention of a candidate or employee for a Washington Management Service position.
Vacation leave accrual rates may only be accelerated using the rates established WAC 357-31-165.


Note: Most agencies follow the civil service rules covering leave and holidays for exempt employees even though there is no requirement for them to do so.
However, agencies are required to adhere to the applicable RCWs pertaining holidays and leave.


Military Leave
Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year.


Bereavement Leave
Most employees whose family member or household member dies, are entitled to three (3) days of paid bereavement leave.
In addition, the employer may approve other available leave types for the purpose of bereavement leave.


Additional Leave
Leave Sharing
Parental Leave
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Leave Without Pay

Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information regarding benefits.


Updated 12-31-2022

Position Details

POSTED:

EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time

SALARY:

88416 per year

SNAPRECRUIT ID:

S-1707364130-a54370d7895289735df6beaf42ca3d9e

LOCATION:

Western Australia United States

CITY:

Olympia

Job Origin:

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Forensic Housing and Recovery through Peer Services (HARPS) Program Manager (MAPS3/DBHR)
71070675

This position manages supportive housing programs for Trueblood class members. This position oversees and monitors contracts with behavioral health providers, including interpretation, fiscal tracking, and technical assistance to ensure deliverables are met. The ideal candidate will understand the importance and pressure around housing in Washington and the importance of supportive housing programs for people who are involved in the legal and forensic systems and have serious behavioral health disorders. If you are a highly organized individual who builds strong relationships with external partners, this may be the position for you!

All HCA employees will apply an equity lens to their work, which may include but is not limited to all analyses of core business and processes.

Division philosophy statement:
The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery values and seeks diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral to the behavioral health field. We support, embrace, and celebrate everyones uniqueness, promote inclusion, and commit to remove systemic barriers that affect our workforce, our providers, and the people that receive prevention, treatment, and/or recovery support services.

About the division:
The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) provides support for substance use treatment, mental health services, and problem gambling services through prevention, treatment, peer and recovery support. Programs promote strategies that support healthy lifestyles by preventing the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, supporting recovery from substance use, promoting recovery and resiliency, reducing stigma, and mitigating the effects of problem gambling on the individual and family. DBHR brings operational elements such as substance use and mental health into closer working relations to serve individuals more effectively and efficiently.

About the position:
This position provides consultative services to HCA leadership, DSHS, and the Attorney Generals office regarding the implementation of supportive housing services for the Forensic Housing and Recovery through Peer Services (HARPS) program for the Trueblood Settlement Agreement. This position has significant influence on the successful implementation of the Trueblood Settlement Agreement through the administration, management, and oversight of the Forensic HARPS services and subsidies associated with the Trueblood v. WA joint stipulation and project plan. The Trueblood v. WA joint stipulation and project plan is a statewide effort to establish long term remedies to the unconstitutional delays in competency evaluation and restoration services for individuals detained within jails across Washington state. The Forensic HARPS program manager must ensure that action items within the phased implementation plans are met.

This position is eligible to telework and is typically not required to report on-site. The default assigned work location of all Health Care Authority (HCA) positions both on-site and telework eligible positions is within the State of Washington. Frequency of onsite work will vary based on business and operational needs. HCA may choose, but is not required, to support out-of-state telework on a case-by-case basis.

Duties



Some of what you will do:


  • Provide consultative expertise to top-level HCA managers, DSHS leadership, Attorneys General, and State Councils on matters regarding Forensic HARPS services as it relates to the Trueblood Settlement Agreement.
  • Provide written and verbal presentations related to implementation plan for policy makers and stakeholders.
  • Formulate statewide policy and provide long range strategic direction for the agency by providing subject matter expertise related to Forensic HARPS supportive housing services.
  • Act as the Trueblood Element lead on Forensic HARPS by directing the development of homeless/healthcare initiatives to ensure access to quality behavioral health and healthcare services.
  • Manage a significant number of contracts related to the legislatively-funded work under the Trueblood Settlement Agreement.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the Forensic HARPS programs related to supportive housing, technical assistance, and consultative services.
  • Manage, train, and develop policies related to the implementation of Forensic HARPS teams. Plan, prioritize, and monitor use of budgets and resources. Manage program planning and delivery of services.
  • Facilitates and/or participates in cross collaborative meetings in each of the phased Trueblood regions.
  • Administer training, consultative services, and technical assistance on SAMSHA Evidence Based Practice of Permanent Supportive Housing model, peer support services, and strategies to engage individuals that have experienced homeless.
  • Conduct and facilitate cross-agency fidelity reviews with the Forensic HARPS teams.
  • Develop and ensure ongoing use of quality assurance standards and performance improvement metrics.
  • Administer, develop, and manage memorandums of understanding (MOUs), letters of agreement, inter-local agreements, fiscal procedures, and contract language.
  • Manage all required Forensics HARPS data reporting, requirements, and tracking.
  • Manage the fiscal accountability of the Forensic HARPS program, approve invoices, and track utilization of the program.

Qualifications



Required qualifications:

Qualifying candidates will meet oneof the following criteria options:

  • Option 1:
    • Masters degree in psychology, sociology, social work, human services, rehabilitation services, or closely related field and
    • Three years of supervisory or consultative experience in public behavioral health system with specific duties related to individuals who are homeless and have serious mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and/or managed behavioral healthcare.
  • Option 2:
    • Bachelors degree in a field identified above and
    • Five years of experience as defined above.
  • Option 3:
    • One year as a Medical Assistance Program Specialist 2
Note: Additional years of experience will substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Required competencies:
  • Knowledge of Washington State's community behavioral health system.
  • Knowledge of federal and state behavioral health statutes, rules and regulations including Medicaid regulations.
  • Knowledge of behavioral health managed care principles and contract issues, access, medical necessity, resource management, quality improvement, cultural competency, and provider contracting including priorities and rules related to federal funding.
  • Knowledge of the principles of SAMHSA's Evidence Based Permanent Supportive Housing Model.
  • Knowledge of role of Certified Peer Counselor within the community behavioral health system.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Knowledge and experience in project management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to develop and conduct presentations for diverse audiences.
  • Firm knowledge of the local, state, and federal housing resources.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • A proven ability to work with and commitment to right and ability of each person with a disability such as mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful, supportive, adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services.
  • Proven ability to develop supportive trusting relationships with individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for client's rights and personal preferences in treatment.
  • Personal commitment to the Recovery Model of care.
  • Experience working with peer counselors in a clinical setting.
  • Experience working in integrated clinical team settings.
  • Experience working with homeless populations.
  • Experience working with forensic system.
  • Experience providing training and technical assistance.
  • Knowledge of federal, state laws, rules, and procedures that govern supportive housing initiatives.

How to apply:

Only candidates who reflect the minimum qualifications on their NEOGOV profile will be considered. Failure to follow the application instructions below may lead to disqualification. To apply for this position, you will need to complete your profile which includes three professional references and attach:
  • A cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications for this position
  • Current resume

To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:
  • Attach a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 long-form copy), NGB 22, or USDVA signed verification of service letter.
  • Please black out any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.

Supplemental Information



About HCA:
Functioning as both the state's largest health care purchaser and its behavioral health authority, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is a leader in ensuring Washington residents have the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. There are three pillars of our work: Apple Health (Medicaid); the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) and School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) programs; and behavioral health and recovery. Under these pillars, HCA purchases health care, including behavioral health treatment for more than 2.7 million Washington residents and provides behavioral health prevention, crisis, and recovery supports to all Washington residents.

What we have to offer:

  • Meaningful work with friendly co-workers who care about those we serve Voices of HCA
  • A clear agency mission that drives our work and is person-centered HCA's Mission, Vision & Values
  • A healthy work/life balance, including alternative/flexible schedules and mobile work options.
  • A great total compensation and benefit package WA State Government Benefits
  • A safe, pleasant workplace in a convenient location with restaurants, and shopping nearby.
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • And free parking!

Notes:
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment.

HCA is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. HCA has five employee resource groups (ERGs). ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups whose aim is to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with HCAs mission. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact Jake Nelko at 360.725.0945 or jake.nelko@hca.wa.gov.

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is an E-Verify employer. All applicants with a legal right to work in the United States are encouraged to apply.
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive a list of new job postings at HCA.


More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career. Like everyone, your first priority is ensuring that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work (e.g. part-time); view the job posting for benefits details for job types other than full-time.

Note: If the position offers benefits which differ from the following, the job posting should include the specific benefits.

Insurance Benefits
Employees and their families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.

Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long-term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.

To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website. The Washington Wellness program from the Health Care Authority works with PEBB to support our workplace wellness programs.

Dependent care assistance allows the employee to save pre-tax dollars for a child or elder care expenses.

Other insurance coverage for auto, boat, home, and renter insurance is available through payroll deduction.

The Washington State Employee Assistance Program promotes the health and well-being of employees.

Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.

Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness
If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, and meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Holidays
Full-time and part-time employees are entitled to paid holidays and one paid personal holiday per calendar year.

Note: Employees who are members of certain Unions may be entitled to additional personal leave day(s), please refer to position specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Full-time employees who work full monthly schedules qualify for holiday compensation if they are employed before the holiday and are in pay status for at least 80 nonovertime hours during the month of the holiday; or for the entire work shift preceding the holiday.

Part-time employees who are in pay status during the month of the holiday qualify for the holiday on a pro-rata basis. Compensation for holidays (including personal holiday) will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status in the month to that required for full-time employment, excluding all holiday hours. Pay status includes hours worked and time on paid leave.

Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Overtime eligible employees who are in pay status for less than 80 hours per month, earn a monthly proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment. Overtime exempt employees who are in pay status for less than 80 hours per month do not earn a monthly accrual of sick leave.

Sick leave accruals for part-time employees will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment. Pay status includes hours worked, time on paid leave and paid holiday.

Vacation (Annual Leave)
Full-time employees accrue vacation leave at the rates specified in WAC 357-31-165(1) or the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Full-time employees who are in pay status for less than 80 nonovertime hours in a month do not earn a monthly accrual of vacation leave.

Part-time employees accrue vacation leave hours in accordance with WAC 357-31-165(1) or the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on a pro rata basis. Vacation leave accrual will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment.

Pay status includes hours worked, time on paid leave and paid holiday.

As provided in WAC 357-58-175, an employer may authorize a lump-sum accrual of vacation leave or accelerate the vacation leave accrual rate to support the recruitment and/or retention of a candidate or employee for a Washington Management Service position. Vacation leave accrual rates may only be accelerated using the rates established WAC 357-31-165.

Note: Most agencies follow the civil service rules covering leave and holidays for exempt employees even though there is no requirement for them to do so. However, agencies are required to adhere to the applicable RCWs pertaining holidays and leave.

Military Leave
Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year.

Bereavement Leave
Most employees whose family member or household member dies, are entitled to three (3) days of paid bereavement leave. In addition, the employer may approve other available leave types for the purpose of bereavement leave.

Additional Leave
Leave Sharing
Parental Leave
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Leave Without Pay

Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information regarding benefits.

Updated 12-31-2022


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