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Office of Mental Health

Employee Benefits

As a permanent, full-time New York State employee, you are eligible for several attractive benefits.

Vacation, holiday, sick and personal leave

Earn 13 days of paid vacation leave the first year of employment, with added bonus days on completion of years one through seven. After seven years of state service, vacation leave increases to 20 days annually. Employees also earn five days paid personal leave and 12 paid holidays annually. Paid sick leave varies depending on negotiated contracts with employee unions.

Health Care Coverage

Employees and their families can choose from a variety of quality health insurance plans available at an affordable, low premium cost through enrollment in the Empire Plan or Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). Employees are also provided family dental and vision plans at no cost through either a union Employee Benefits Fund or a state-administered program.

Retirement Plan

The New York State Employee’s Retirement System is designed to provide income after retirement from state service. Retirement benefits are vested after 10 years of credited New York State service. The plan also provides supplemental benefits such as loan privileges, disability retirement benefits, and death benefits for eligible employees. Enrollment in the New York State Retirement Plan is mandatory. The amount of pension is determined by total years of service and final average salary.

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Payroll Deduction Savings Plans

The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan is a 457(b) voluntary retirement plan that affords employees the option to invest a portion of their salaries for retirement on a tax-deferred basis. Another such plan is the U.S. Savings Bond Payroll Savings Plan. The New York’s College Savings Program allows employees to save for their children’s education.

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New York State Flex Spending Account (FSA)

This account offers two opportunities for pre-tax savings that employees contribute to annually:

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Tuition Assistance Programs

A variety of tuition assistance and reimbursement opportunities are offered through negotiated agreements with employee unions. The programs provide financial assistance for employees to improve job skills, performance and career opportunities by enrolling in courses at participating New York State educational institutions.

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Life Insurance and Disability Insurance

Certain employees may purchase a group term life insurance policy. Employees who participate in the Income Protection Plan are covered for short-term and long-term disability benefits.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP helps employees cope with personal problems. This assessment and referral service connects employees with local service providers and support services to address their needs.

For more information, visit the Employee Assistance ProgramLeaving OMH site website.