Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Social Workers Need Pay Hike, Lawmaker Says.(New Mexico)

Byline: David Miles Journal Capitol Bureau

SANTA FE The state Children, Youth and Families Department desperately needs to increase the salaries of social workers, a key legislator on children's issues said Thursday.

Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, said New Mexico's social workers often move to neighboring states that pay more.

Feldman, chairwoman of the interim Legislative Health and Human Services Committee, which oversees Children, Youth and Families, said higher salaries would help reduce job turnover.

"We have a crisis with social workers in the state," she said.

Feldman cited a recent report from the Citizen Review Boards that said the vacancy rate among social workers in one-third of the state's counties is 30 percent or more. …

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