Thank you for visiting the Expanding Access To Evidence-based, Early Intervention (EBEI) Stay-at-work/Return-to-work Services and Supports Online Dialogue
Please feel free to review the comments and suggestions posted by participants below and email ePolicyWorks@dol.gov with your questions or additional feedback.
Each year, millions of workers develop a chronic illness or sustain an injury that threatens their ability to work. Many of them run the risk of leaving the labor force, especially if they do not receive and use timely and effective health, rehabilitation, and employment services. And many of those who do leave the labor force will end up relying on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, and Medicaid for income support and health care. Even with this assistance, however, the standard of living of many of these individuals and their families is likely to decline.
The timely, effective targeting of individuals who need services and supports to remain in the labor force is one of many issues that are being addressed by the Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy's Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative . Led by David Stapleton, a working group is identifying, developing, and sharing actionable policy recommendations for expanding timely access to SAW/RTW services and supports, which can make all the difference between working and not working. The working group's recommendations listed below concern SAW/RTW efforts that could be initiated by the Federal Government and state governments, which could, in turn, make use of private-sector services. Suggestions for steps that could be taken by decision makers in the private sector are also encouraged.
As you review the policy recommendations, we ask that you consider the following questions:
Question 1:Based on your experience, how would you operationalize the recommendation?
Question 2:Are there particular programmatic or other factors that the recommendation fails to account for?
This online dialogue is now closed. Thank you for your input and for sharing your suggestions on the five policy recommendations listed below.