Work days for employees at Missouri mental health facilities will be capped under a state law taking effect.
Starting Monday, employees at a maximum- or intermediate-security mental health facility cannot be required to work more than 12 hours during a 24-hour period unless an emergency workforce shortage is declared. The law affects about 680 positions at the Fulton State Hospital and the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center in Farmington.
Monday is the start of Missouri's 2014 fiscal year.
The Department of Mental health said additional staff has been hired at the Fulton State Hospital. The facility also will start 12-hour shifts for nursing staff, such as security aides and registered nurses. The hospital has patients from across the state.