SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Behavioral Health Network wants to ensure its employees earn a livable wage.
The Springfield-based non-profit enacted the policy so that no employee earns under $25,000 per year. The $12-per-hour minimum wage will raise the pay of a large portion of BHN’s 1,800 employees who serve Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties.
Kathy Wilson, BHN’s President and CEO, sent 22News a statement saying, “As pleased as we are to establish this new minimum wage across the agency, we are committed to finding ways to further enhance salaries at BHN to support the important community work of our employees.”
Currently, the minimum wage in Massachusetts is $10 an hour, and will be increased to $11 an hour by January 1, 2017.
The agency provides behavioral and mental health services as well as addiction recovery and disability programs.