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Please review the 13 state policy options identified during the SEED May 2018 SAW/RTW Information Gathering Sessions. Provide comments to help develop the policy option or identify potential barriers to the policy's implementation. Don't forget to vote on all the policy options!
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Employer Awareness - Comment

Roberta Etcheverry (@re0000) In terms of making employers aware of programs such as this, I have a few ideas. One way would be to work through the various insurers and have it be required that a notice about the program is included with all policy renewals. Another idea would be to have notice about the program provided at the time of issuing a business license to companies with employees. There are also organizations... more »

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Negative Incentives - Comment

Jennifer H. Christian, MD, MPH, FACOEM (@jhchristian) There are two separate issues here. Having a formal written program does not mean it will be used. When I worked in Alaska, I was a member of the group that wrote the Municipality's Anchorage's RTW policy. When we finished, the HR person who led the effort told me "There, that's that." I asked how we were going to implement it going forward. She said "I have no intention... more »

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Job Placement Assistance - Comment

Jennifer H. Christian, MD, MPH, FACOEM (@jhchristian) 3 months ago I think that what workers really need is assistance with finding a new job. The IPS model of vocational rehabilitation listens to what people want to do and then finds them jobs. That's what they need most. Getting paid to look for work on your own doesn't work well if you don't have good job finding skills. Why spend the time and money preparing people... more »

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Employer Assistance - Comment

Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE (@rick00) One incentive to consider is to offer the employer assistance with preparing functional job analyses of the injured workers job and other open positions to populate relevant occupational data that can be matched to the abilities of other workers. Ideally, the participating employers would be able to affirmatively recruit from a database of other workers with disabilities. This... more »

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Ergonomic Specialist - Comment

William Massey (@william.massey) As part of our RETAIN Demonstration Project Proposal, Rhode Island DLT recommended an ergonomic specialist be assigned to work with employers to develop recovery duty work and make recommendations for adaptions. Funding would also be available for up to $500 per adaption. Comment Moderator Meredith (@dedona.meredith) 3 months ago ( Moderator ) william.massey Thanks... more »

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TE for Employers - Comment

Evan Rockefeller (@evan.rockefeller) 3 months ago I think instituting programs that provide technical assistance to employers is key. Employers may want to support workers with disabilities but may not know where or how to begin. Example program manuals would be very helpful. I notice that the examples above seem to relate almost exclusively to workers with a job-related injury or illness. I think it would also be helpful... more »

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Success Stories - Comment

Lee Koslow (@lkoslow) I agree with this approach, and to help employers see the benefit of education and technical assistance, we need good stories. This current, tight labor market is the best time to get employers on board with SAW/RTW practices. All businesses want to retain their good employees. One way to get the word out about the benefits of these practices is to provide them with examples of other, similar businesses... more »

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Resource Guides - Comment

Sharyn Hancock (@shancock) It would be good for State DOL and Workforce Agencies to put out resource guides on services that they provide to employers that spell out the ABC's of how they can get training for their employees under WIOA. Incumbent Worker training programs for example as well as programs through Vocational Rehabilitation that provided services for ill or injured employees who do not have to meet the typical... more »

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Federal Disability Benefits and multiple forms of public assistance

Some people with disabilities utilize the SSA disability programs while stabilizing their health to survive. It is not unusual for those individuals qualifying for those programs to be eligible for additional programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, Medicaid Waivers, public housing and other. These programs are necessary for individuals to stabilize their health, living situation and lives to be able to get into the workforce.... more »

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Improve SAW/RTW Outcomes by Extending Private Disability Income Protection to More Working Americans

Working Americans who are covered under a group disability income protection plan have built-in access to return-to-work services and supports when an illness or injury precludes them from working for an extended period of time. When return-to-work efforts are feasible and timely, private disability insurers work with the ill or injured employee, his or her employer, involved health care providers, and other stakeholders... more »

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Talent development- Become the talent needed for the 21st cwntury

In most communities and states there is a growing talent gap that requires postsecondary education ranging from industry certification to associate and bachelor degrees. Offering individuals education and training during times off or out of work can open new doors of opportunity to livable wage jobs and getting back into current workforce or as a new job opportunity with a different employer. In either case for a portion... more »

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Incentivize / subsidize three-way SAW/RTW problem-solving sessions between worker, employer & occcupational health professionals

Three-way meetings, especially face-to-face problem-solving sessions, can be incredibly helpful in resolving cases of protracted work absence. A recent article in the journal Occupational Medicine says that these sessions (referred to as Work Ability Meetings) have become popular in Finland. The attendees are: worker, an occupational physician, and the employer. According to the journal article, many times these... more »

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SAW RTW Begins and Ends with Medical Providers

Educate and re-educate medical providers on the need for detailed descriptions of abilities to enhance employment. Occupational and non-occupational injuries, illnesses and disability lies in the hands of medical providers. Many providers provide time off of work for minimal conditions and the employment status should not lie with that medical provider. Providers should provide guidance on the health and safety of individuals... more »

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CORI Laws: Re-entry and Employment

An alarming rate of individuals coming into contact with the criminal justice system qualify as disabled. Many are suffering dual diagnosis and have comorbidity traits that include significant substance abuse and addiction. Whether recently or not recently released from incarceration, paroled, on probation, or simply arrested these individuals are not only dealing with inadequately addressed, nor recognized disabilities,... more »

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Institute Programs that Provide Education and Technical Assistance

Educational programs and technical assistance should provide funding and related resources to help employers develop transitional programs that includes program development support. In addition, programs should make available handbooks and manuals on best practices related to return to work and stay at work. Examples: Ohio - Transitional Work Grant https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/downloads/blankpdf/TWGQandA.pdf Montana - Stay... more »

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