Here is yet another:
Patients with serious mental illness are treated at the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany. It’s just one of the facilities run by the State Office of Mental Health, also known as “OMH.”
The agency regulates, certifies and oversees 4500 programs across New York, from suicide prevention to counseling. But as NewsChannel 13 learned, the employees that get all that done, rack up a lot of overtime.
Records we obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show overtime expenses at OMH spiked nearly eight-million-dollars over the last two years, topping 82 million dollars…and taxpayers foot that bill.
Some of the agency’s employees made more than twice their base salary.
Just consider at what a secure care treatment aide at a Bronx OMH facility pulled down in overtime last year: nearly $116,000. That’s 240% over his base salary of $48,000.
Here in the Capital Region, a mental health therapy aide earned $88,000 in overtime on top of her annual salary of $43,000.
And a psychiatric nurse, earned nearly $80,000 in overtime over her base pay of nearly $56,000…