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Wisconsin National Guard Helping Fill Worker Shortages at Mental Health and Disability Care Facilities

Monday, December 6th, 2021 -- 10:00 AM

(Terry Bell, WRN) The Wisconsin National Guard is helping fill worker shortages at mental health and disability care facilities.

The Department of Health Services says about 60 troops have been sent to work as nursing assistants at Wisconsin’s four mental health facilities. They’ve completed a 16-hour nursing assistant class, and are working to finish the official 59-hour class to become certified nursing assistants.

The Guard says it’s the first time troops have been sent to these types of facilities. Wisconsin has relied on the Guard for many different missions over the past two years, including coronavirus testing and staffing election-day polling places.

In Minnesota, some 300 Guard personnel have been activated to assist short-staffed health care facilities.

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