The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 27, 2011
Mental Health Department got OK to hire for 131 jobs

We're continuing our project to post hiring request forms submitted by dozens of state departments, agencies and offices seeking exemptions from Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order. The documents were the foundation for a recent story on how the administration is enforcing Brown's hiring freeze.

Next up: Hiring freeze exemptions filed by the Department of Managed Health Care, which received permission to hire for three of the 15 jobs it wanted to fill, the Department of Mental Health (approved for 131 of 171 requests) and the Office of Planning and Research (got the OK to hire for the one position it wanted to fill).

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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