Lynchburg-area community services board to lay off workers

Horizon Behavioral HealthLYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) _ A Lynchburg-area community services board plans to lay off about 20 workers who provide counseling and assessment services. The News & Advance reports that Horizon Behavioral Health attributes the layoffs to the state’s increase in professional standards for these positions. A new state mandate requires these positions to be held by licensed or licensed-eligible counselors, psychologists or other clinicians. Previously, the minimum qualifications were a bachelor’s degree in a human services field and one year of experience. The layoffs are effective March 31. They will affect about half of Horizon’s crisis intervention and emergency services staff. Horizon spokeswoman Leigh Farmer says administrators hope to find other jobs for workers who apply to stay with the agency.

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