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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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Develop Return to Work Programs for State Employees

When creating a RTW program, establish a coordinator who is responsible for working with state agencies, their employees, disability insurance carriers, and treating physicians.

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Delaware - https://ben.omb.delaware.gov/disability/documents/faq-sec-7.pdf?ver=0929

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Establish Universal State Disability Insurance for Off-the-Job Injuries

Establish universal state disability insurance for employees who were injured off the job.

Examples:

Rhode Island - http://riilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Guide-to-Employment_COMPLETE.pdf

California - http://www.calhr.ca.gov/state-hr-professionals/Pages/benefits-administration-manual-workers'-compensation.aspx

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Create Incentives for Employers to Offer Injured Workers Return-to-Work Alternatives

For example, if the employer offers the injured worker regular, modified or alternative work for a period of at least 12 months, and regardless of whether or not the injured worker accepts, each permanent partial disability payment “remaining” to be paid to the injured employee “from the date the offer was made” is decreased by 15%.

Example: California - https://www.dir.ca.gov/InjuredWorkerGuidebook/Chapter7.pdf

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Institute a Preferred Worker Program

A Preferred Worker Program provides injured workers with benefits such as a work-search allowance and reimbursement for new tools and equipment.

Examples: North Dakota - https://www.workforcesafety.com/employers/return-to-work/preferred-worker-program

Oregon - https://wcd.oregon.gov/rtw/pages/pwp.aspx

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