The RETAIN—Retaining Employment and Talent after Injury/Illness Network—Initiative promotes closer coordination among individuals and organizations who influence workers' decisions about how or whether to stay at or return to work after a work disability. RETAIN programs implement early intervention strategies to improve stay-at-work/return-to-work (SAW/RTW) outcomes of individuals who experience a work disability while employed.
SAW/RTW programs succeed by returning injured or ill workers to productive work as soon as medically possible. RETAIN programs target individuals with work-related or non-work-related injuries and illnesses who are employed or at a minimum in the labor force when the injury or illness occur.
Early coordination of health care and employment services is key to RETAIN programs. These services include:
- Training in occupational health best practices for participating health providers
- Active involvement of a RTW Coordinator throughout the medical recovery period to facilitate continued employment
- Enhanced communication among workers, employers, and health care providers
- Accommodations and job modifications
- Retraining and rehabilitation services
RETAIN programs provide services through an integrated network of partners that includes close collaboration between health care systems and/or providers, state workforce development board and local employment service providers, employers or industry organizations, and, of course, worker or disability advocacy representatives.
The RETAIN Initiative spans a total of 6 ½ years and is funded in two phases.
|Phase||Funding||Performance Period||Grant Activities|
|Phase 1||Funding $25,675,663 total||Performance Period September 2018 – March 2021|
Planning & start-up activities
Approximately $110,000,000 total
Up to $21,600,000 per state
|Performance Period April 2021 – March 2025 (projected)|
Scale up & implement RETAIN program
Participate in independent evaluation