Date   
I was wrong - you CAN see the TA project RFP

Jennifer Christian MD
 

Go to ODEP’s SAW/RTW webpage for News & Events.  The text of the RFP for Technical Assistance is there.    https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/SAW-RTW/news-events.htm

 

Now all you/we have to do is find a company that has an 847.7 GSA schedule to partner with – and write a great proposal.    May the best team win!   

 

Cordially,

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH

President / Chief Medical Officer

Webility Corporation

95 Woodridge Road

Wayland, MA 01778

Office:  508-358-5218 (preferred)

Mobile:  617-803-9835

Email: jennifer.christian@...

 

Blog: www.jenniferchristian.com

Website:  www.webility.md 

 

Press coverage of RETAIN beginning -- article in WorkCompCentral today

Jennifer Christian MD
 

To my knowledge, this article (attached and text pasted below) is the first public media story about RETAIN.  It appeared in a workers’ compensation e-newsletter called WorkCompCentral.   Thanks to Peter Rousmaniere, a nationally-known consultant and journalist from Vermont, for noticing its appearance and sharing it with us.   

 

Let’s hope there are many more – and that they are favorable.  One critical success factor for RETAIN is how the program is perceived.   It is important that there be strong public awareness of the program and its benefits. 

 

Let’s share everything we see in the press or other mass media.     See full text of the article pasted below and attached.  

 

Cordially,

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH

President / Chief Medical Officer

Webility Corporation

Office:  508-358-5218 (preferred)

Mobile:  617-803-9835

Email: jennifer.christian@...

Blog: www.jenniferchristian.com

Website:  www.webility.md 

 

This article appeared on WorkCompCentral – August 10, 2018

 

WCC RETAIN Grants 8 10 18

 

Feds to Award States $100M in Return-to-Work Grants

 

By Eddie Curran

 

National Topic:  A federal project that seeks to reconfigure the methods used to get injured and sick employees back to work as soon as possible has taken its first major step, receiving proposals from states seeking grants of up to $22.5 million apiece.

 

The five-year, $100 million pilot project bears the name RETAIN, for, Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury, and is to a considerable degree based on an early return-to-work program by the state of Washington.

 

RETAIN is based on a workers’ comp model, and the applicants are state agencies that oversee workers’ comp. However, the project will serve workers who are injured or become sick off the job as well as on.

 

While mental illness and other disabilities are part of RETAIN, the focus is on workers with musculoskeletal injuries.

 

In a nutshell, the purpose of RETAIN is to establish a system whereby within days, if not sooner, of a worker getting injured, the employer and medical personnel, working with the employee, develop a plan to get the worker back on the job as soon as possible, even if it’s in a reduced capacity, such as with adjusted responsibilities or even in a different job altogether.

 

A return-to-work (RTW) coordinator will reach out to the worker, physician and employer, and develop the plan.

 

Dr. Jennifer Christian, a Massachusetts-based disability expert who has been involved with the federal Office of Disability Employment Policy in the RETAIN project, said studies have shown that every day employees are away from work, the greater the likelihood that they won’t return. Often, they go on government assistance, and from a professional and personal standpoint, never recover.

 

“The purpose is to demonstrate that with a concentrated, integrated, organizational multi-sector effort, worker disability can be prevented, and people can keep their jobs and avoid going on disability and government assistance,” said Christian.

 

“But RETAIN is only a supplementary service. It doesn’t replace existing programs," she added. "RETAIN funds won’t pay for medical care or or wage-replacement benefits. It doesn’t replace any existing program.”

 

The program focuses on the first three months after a worker is injured, and project assistance concludes six months after the injury.

 

RETAIN is the result of research conducted from 2013 to 2017 by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, in partnership with the Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration and the Social Security Administration.

 

The five-year demonstration program is divided into two phases. Those states that submitted applications by the July 23 deadline were seeking to participate in Phase 1.  Eight states will be chosen by the end September. Each will receive up to $2.5 million to be used over the 18 months of the first phase.

 

“Through the RETAIN demonstration project, we hope to learn how to best increase employment retention and labor force participation of people who develop or are at risk of developing what we call work disability,” said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary for ODEP, during a June 7 conference call with potential applicants and interested parties.

 

“By work disability, we mean an injury or illness that has the potential to interfere with or prevent ongoing employment,” Sheehy continued. “Importantly, the injury or illness can occur either on the job, where it would likely qualify for workers' compensation if available, or the injury or illness can occur off the job. Here it would not necessarily qualify for workers' compensation.”

 

The lead applicant for each state must be its labor or workforce development agency, or equivalent.

 

Required co-applicants include the state’s health department, one or more health care systems or health care provider networks, and the states' workforce development boards. There may be other team members as well.

 

Grant winners are to develop plans for their return-to-work program and establish the infrastructure that will be needed to implement their project. That's to include providing training for employers and health care workers on best practices, and building relationships with local stakeholders whose support will be essential.

 

Two other RFPs are to be awarded as well. The first will be a technical assistance contract, awarded to a firm that will assist the states with the RETAIN goals. The second contract, to be funded by the Social Security Administration, will be awarded to a firm that will evaluate the performance of the grant winners.

 

At the end of Phase 1, four of the eight states will be selected to participate in Phase 2. Each will receive up to $19.75 million to implement the projects designed in the first phase.

 

If the project bears fruit, and the Department of Labor believes RETAIN has allowed it to develop successful plans for states to use, the models would presumably be used nationwide.

 

“The goal is to have several states come up with a model that works for their geographics, their demographics and the configuration of their state systems, and to determine which ones worked well, and which ones had problems,” said Christian.

 

Christian noted that early return-to-work programs are not uncommon, but for the most part are limited to large, well-managed companies. To a considerable degree, the goal of RETAIN is to make such arrangements available to small companies and their employees.

 

ODEP makes no secret in acknowledging the project’s debt to the State of Washington’s early return-to-work program, called COHE, for Centers for Occupational Health and Education.

 

That program began with a pilot site in 2002. Now there are six regional COHE centers throughout the state, all funded by the Washington state Department of Labor & Industries, which runs the state's monopoly workers' comp insurance system.

 

Studies and audits of the COHE centers have found that participants were less likely to be off work and receiving disability benefits one year after a claim, missed far fewer days of work, and that combined medical and disability costs were reduced, by $510, per participant.

 

A U.S. Department of Labor analysis published in 2016 concluded that COHE participants were 26% less likely to receive Social Security disability benefits.

 

One purpose of RETAIN, according to ODEP, is to “test key features of the Washington COHE model” in other states and to apply the test to “a population beyond workers’ compensation.”

 

The hope is that, in five years, the federal government and participating states will have built on COHE’s success, and will have developed models that can be applied throughout the country and help keep more people in the workforce and off government assistance.

 

No such program can succeed without support from, and participation of, local employers and medical professionals, said Christian.

 

She said a similar program in the United Kingdom was found to have failed due to lack of referrals from companies and the medical community.

 

“In order for a program to get referrals, the doctors and employers have to be aware of the program and perceive it as a good program,” Christian said. “It not only has to be visible but have a good reputation. You have to build relationships with the stakeholders in the community.”

 

Christian said that while there may be people in the background in the workers’ comp and the managed care industries who have qualms or may even oppose RETAIN and its goals, none have stepped forward.

 

“Those who thrive on dysfunction may be opposed to it,” she said, but RETAIN “doesn’t clearly and directly gore anybody’s ox that I know of. That’s part of the reason why the government was able to put $100 million into the program, because it had strong bipartisan support right from the start,” she said.

 

 

RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

Jennifer Christian MD
 

Hello, all --

 

Just in case your state is selected to participate in RETAIN, this new study from Washington state (attached) confirms that the QUICK AND SIMPLE interventions that make up the COHE program have been EFFECTIVE in reducing by 30% the likelihood that NEWLY injured workers ended up with three kinds of poor outcomes, all of which signal workforce withdrawal and long term dependency on cash benefits.  They are  1. Awards of SSDI benefits,  2. Award of a Washington permanent disability pension for workers’ comp;  or  3.  Receipt of at least five years of “temporary total disability” wage replacement benefits.

 

BTW, are you like me on crazy pins and needles now – as the countdown clocks moves towards 9/30 -- the deadline for THREE different RETAIN-related shoes to drop?

  1. Which STATES will be selected to CONDUCT the project?   Will there be 8 as DOL planned?  (I am aware of 8 or possibly 9 states that applied.)
  2. Which VENDOR will be selected to provide TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE to all of the states? 
  3. Which VENDOR will be selected to EVALUATE the project?  

 

I HOPE the silence means the two agencies are considering all the proposals altogether,  and coordinating in an effort to figure out who will dance best with whom, given the variability in the designs and teams that the states proposed and matching them up with the different strengths and capabilities of the TA and evaluation bidders.  

 

I also HOPE HOPE HOPE the main goal of the procurement teams is to assure that RETAIN will be carried out by and supported by teams selected for their understanding of the challenges involved, as well as their commitment to and capability for making the ENTIRE effort a worthwhile use of the taxpayers’ money -- and a genuine practical benefit to the workers the state’s projects will serve!

 

Cordially,

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH

President / Chief Medical Officer

Webility Corporation

95 Woodridge Road

Wayland, MA 01778

Office:  508-358-5218 (preferred)

Mobile:  617-803-9835

Email: jennifer.christian@...

 

Blog: www.jenniferchristian.com

Website:  www.webility.md 

 

 

 

 

Re: RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

grace.fendlay@...
 

Dr. Christian
 
Just a hello from Maryland. I'm excited to see RETAIN coming close to announcements and awards!
 
It still saddens me that we were not able to prepare a response in the time allotted. Fortunately, I am crazy busy with other grants. Maryland is definitely on US DOL's radar for our efforts using workforce development projects to alleviate the opioid crisis.
 
One of the best things that came to me through the RETAIN efforts is connecting with Dr. Marianne Cloeren. I have such respect for her. She keeps in the loop with me on resources for the opioids as well as RETAIN-type resources I share.
 
I hope this note finds you and yours well and thriving!
 
Grace

--



Grace Fendlay
Director of Discretionary Grants
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation
1100 North Eutaw Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
grace.fendlay@...
410-767-0044 (office)
410-333-5162 (fax)

 

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Re: RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

Jim Talmage
 

Jennifer,

 

Thanks.

 

Do you have and can you share with the pdf files on the other WA state COHE publications? I believe TN did submit a grant request.

5. Wickizer TM, Franklin G, Plaeger-Brockway R, et al. Improving the quality of workerscompensation health care delivery: the Washington State occupational health services project. Milbank Q. 2001;79:521.

6. Wickizer TM, Franklin GM, Mootz RD, et al. A communitywide intervention to improve outcomes and reduce disability among injured workers in Washington State.

Milbank Q. 2004;82:547567.

7. Cheadle A, Franklin G, Wofhagen C, et al. Factors influencing the duration of work-related disability: a population-based study of Washington State workerscompensation.

Am J Public Health. 1994;84:190196.

8. Wickizer TM, Franklin G, Fulton-Kehoe D, et al. Improving quality, preventing disability and reducing costs in workerscompensation healthcare: a population-based intervention study. Med Care. 2011;49: 11051111.

 

Jim

James B. Talmage MD

olddrt@... (home)

931.510.7920 (mobile)

 

From: RETAINers@groups.io [mailto:RETAINers@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jennifer Christian MD
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:32 PM
To: RETAINers@groups.io
Cc: jennifer.christian@...; jhchristian@...
Subject: [RETAINers] RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

 

Hello, all --

 

Just in case your state is selected to participate in RETAIN, this new study from Washington state (attached) confirms that the QUICK AND SIMPLE interventions that make up the COHE program have been EFFECTIVE in reducing by 30% the likelihood that NEWLY injured workers ended up with three kinds of poor outcomes, all of which signal workforce withdrawal and long term dependency on cash benefits.  They are  1. Awards of SSDI benefits,  2. Award of a Washington permanent disability pension for workers’ comp;  or  3.  Receipt of at least five years of “temporary total disability” wage replacement benefits.

 

BTW, are you like me on crazy pins and needles now – as the countdown clocks moves towards 9/30 -- the deadline for THREE different RETAIN-related shoes to drop?

  1. Which STATES will be selected to CONDUCT the project?   Will there be 8 as DOL planned?  (I am aware of 8 or possibly 9 states that applied.)
  2. Which VENDOR will be selected to provide TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE to all of the states? 
  3. Which VENDOR will be selected to EVALUATE the project?  

 

I HOPE the silence means the two agencies are considering all the proposals altogether,  and coordinating in an effort to figure out who will dance best with whom, given the variability in the designs and teams that the states proposed and matching them up with the different strengths and capabilities of the TA and evaluation bidders.  

 

I also HOPE HOPE HOPE the main goal of the procurement teams is to assure that RETAIN will be carried out by and supported by teams selected for their understanding of the challenges involved, as well as their commitment to and capability for making the ENTIRE effort a worthwhile use of the taxpayers’ money -- and a genuine practical benefit to the workers the state’s projects will serve!

 

Cordially,

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH

President / Chief Medical Officer

Webility Corporation

95 Woodridge Road

Wayland, MA 01778

Office:  508-358-5218 (preferred)

Mobile:  617-803-9835

Email: jennifer.christian@...

 

Blog: www.jenniferchristian.com

Website:  www.webility.md 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the 4 articles on COHE that Dr. Talmage requested

Jennifer Christian MD
 

Dear Dr. Talmage – and all RETAINers

 

See the articles you requested, attached.  Luckily, I’ve been squirreling away stuff on COHE since they first started the thing.   BUT my file names don’t necessarily match the authors / titles – look at the year.  For those of you who don’t get attachments with your RETAINers emails, I’ve also put these articles in the RETAINers e-library.

 

Our “e-library” is called Files in the left-hand margin on our Groups.io site.  Go to https://groups.io/g/RETAINers.  In order to use the website, you must set up a Groups.io account (username and password).   

 

Cordially,

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH

Moderator, RETAINers List-Serv and Website on Groups.io

(a volunteer activity – not an officially sponsored group)

Chair, 60 Summits Project

(non-profit organization founded in 2006 and mothballed since 2010)

www.60summits.org 

508-358-0169

 

Re: RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

Marianne Cloeren
 

Grace, and all, I think that has been a great benefit of this effort – helping all of us make new connections with kindred spirits doing good work in other organizations!

Thank you!

Marianne

 

Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACP

Associate Professor

Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine

11 S Paca St., Suite 200

Baltimore, MD 21201

mcloeren@...

410-706-7464

 

 

 

From: RETAINers@groups.io <RETAINers@groups.io> On Behalf Of grace.fendlay@...
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2018 8:17 AM
To: RETAINers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [RETAINers] RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

 

CAUTION: This message originated from a non UMB, UMSOM, FPI, or UMMS email system. Whether the sender is known or not known, hover over any links before clicking and use caution opening attachments.

 

Dr. Christian

 

Just a hello from Maryland. I'm excited to see RETAIN coming close to announcements and awards!

 

It still saddens me that we were not able to prepare a response in the time allotted. Fortunately, I am crazy busy with other grants. Maryland is definitely on US DOL's radar for our efforts using workforce development projects to alleviate the opioid crisis.

 

One of the best things that came to me through the RETAIN efforts is connecting with Dr. Marianne Cloeren. I have such respect for her. She keeps in the loop with me on resources for the opioids as well as RETAIN-type resources I share.

 

I hope this note finds you and yours well and thriving!

 

Grace


--

Grace Fendlay
Director of Discretionary Grants
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation
1100 North Eutaw Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
grace.fendlay@...
410-767-0044 (office)
410-333-5162 (fax)

 

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Re: RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

Thomas Wickizer
 

Jim,

 

Attached are 3 of the articles you requested.  I will try and track down the Cheadle paper. Please contact me if you have questions.  I was the lead evaluator on the COHE project.

 

Tom Wickizer

 

Thomas Wickizer

Stephen F. Loebs Professor and

Chair, Division of Health Services Management and Policy

College of Public Health

Ohio State University

Room 202

1841 Neil Avenue

Columbus, OH 43210

(614-688-3854)

(twickizer@...)

 

From: RETAINers@groups.io [mailto:RETAINers@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jim Talmage
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2018 11:21 AM
To: RETAINers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [RETAINers] RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

 

Jennifer,

 

Thanks.

 

Do you have and can you share with the pdf files on the other WA state COHE publications? I believe TN did submit a grant request.

5. Wickizer TM, Franklin G, Plaeger-Brockway R, et al. Improving the quality of workerscompensation health care delivery: the Washington State occupational health services project. Milbank Q. 2001;79:521.

6. Wickizer TM, Franklin GM, Mootz RD, et al. A communitywide intervention to improve outcomes and reduce disability among injured workers in Washington State.

Milbank Q. 2004;82:547567.

7. Cheadle A, Franklin G, Wofhagen C, et al. Factors influencing the duration of work-related disability: a population-based study of Washington State workerscompensation.

Am J Public Health. 1994;84:190196.

8. Wickizer TM, Franklin G, Fulton-Kehoe D, et al. Improving quality, preventing disability and reducing costs in workerscompensation healthcare: a population-based intervention study. Med Care. 2011;49: 11051111.

 

Jim

James B. Talmage MD

olddrt@... (home)

931.510.7920 (mobile)

 

From: RETAINers@groups.io [mailto:RETAINers@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jennifer Christian MD
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:32 PM
To: RETAINers@groups.io
Cc: jennifer.christian@...; jhchristian@...
Subject: [RETAINers] RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

 

Hello, all --

 

Just in case your state is selected to participate in RETAIN, this new study from Washington state (attached) confirms that the QUICK AND SIMPLE interventions that make up the COHE program have been EFFECTIVE in reducing by 30% the likelihood that NEWLY injured workers ended up with three kinds of poor outcomes, all of which signal workforce withdrawal and long term dependency on cash benefits.  They are  1. Awards of SSDI benefits,  2. Award of a Washington permanent disability pension for workers’ comp;  or  3.  Receipt of at least five years of “temporary total disability” wage replacement benefits.

 

BTW, are you like me on crazy pins and needles now – as the countdown clocks moves towards 9/30 -- the deadline for THREE different RETAIN-related shoes to drop?

  1. Which STATES will be selected to CONDUCT the project?   Will there be 8 as DOL planned?  (I am aware of 8 or possibly 9 states that applied.)
  2. Which VENDOR will be selected to provide TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE to all of the states? 
  3. Which VENDOR will be selected to EVALUATE the project?  

 

I HOPE the silence means the two agencies are considering all the proposals altogether,  and coordinating in an effort to figure out who will dance best with whom, given the variability in the designs and teams that the states proposed and matching them up with the different strengths and capabilities of the TA and evaluation bidders.  

 

I also HOPE HOPE HOPE the main goal of the procurement teams is to assure that RETAIN will be carried out by and supported by teams selected for their understanding of the challenges involved, as well as their commitment to and capability for making the ENTIRE effort a worthwhile use of the taxpayers’ money -- and a genuine practical benefit to the workers the state’s projects will serve!

 

Cordially,

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH

President / Chief Medical Officer

Webility Corporation

95 Woodridge Road

Wayland, MA 01778

Office:  508-358-5218 (preferred)

Mobile:  617-803-9835

Email: jennifer.christian@...

 

Blog: www.jenniferchristian.com

Website:  www.webility.md 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re: RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

Jason Turner
 

Congratulations Jennifer!   How wonderful you must feel now, watching your baby emerge.  I really hope you are a prime in the TA. 
 
When announced, send me the link so I can see if some of the winners are SIG states and we can feature at a meeting. 
 
Cheers. 

Jason Turner, Executive Director
Secretaries' Innovation Group
Cell:  414-839-6671
 

Re: Here are the 4 articles on COHE that Dr. Talmage requested

Nicole Cushman
 

Thank you Jennifer! We are very lucky to have you keeping all of this together.

 

Thank you,

 

Nicole Cushman

Program Director

Center of Occupational Health & Education (COHE) Alliance of Western Washington

P 253.428.8423 | I 152-8423 | F 253.552.5631

nicolecushman@...

https://www.chifranciscan.org/health-care-services/cohe.html  

 

COHE logo color

 

 

Re: RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

Jim Talmage
 

Thanks, Tom.

 

I am a Buckeye (Class of 68 & 72). I am in Columbus once a month as I consult with the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund.

 

James B. Talmage MD

olddrt@... (home)

931.510.7920 (mobile)

 

From: RETAINers@groups.io [mailto:RETAINers@groups.io] On Behalf Of Thomas Wickizer
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2018 11:13 AM
To: RETAINers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [RETAINers] RETAIN update: New 8 yr follow up study confirms COHE impact on long term disability

 

Jim,

Attached are 3 of the articles you requested.  I will try and track down the Cheadle paper. Please contact me if you have questions.  I was the lead evaluator on the COHE project.

 Tom Wickizer

 Thomas Wickizer

Stephen F. Loebs Professor and

Chair, Division of Health Services Management and Policy

College of Public Health

Ohio State University

Room 202

1841 Neil Avenue

Columbus, OH 43210

(614-688-3854)

(twickizer@...)

 

Anyone heard anything about their RETAIN bid? Any states? Evaluators? Technical Assistance?

Jennifer Christian MD
 

The ODEP website about RETAIN still says two out of the three pending types of awards (the expected 8 states and a single technical assistance contractor) will be announced before September 30 – and Jennifer Sheehy from ODEP told us that DOL must commit the money by then.  (SSA has not committed to the date when they will make their award for the single evaluation contractor.)

 

And I just realized that September 30 is Sunday.  The last business day in September is this Friday.

 

Has anyone heard anything from DOL?   My fingers are crossed for all of us.  (Webility was part of a bid to serve as the Technical Assistance contractor and provide support to all of the states that receive awards.)  

 

Cordially,

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH

Moderator, RETAINers List-Serv and Website on Groups.io

(a volunteer activity – not an officially sponsored group)

Chair, 60 Summits Project

(non-profit organization founded in 2006 and mothballed since 2010)

www.60summits.org 

508-358-0169

 

Re: Anyone heard anything about their RETAIN bid? Any states? Evaluators? Technical Assistance?

Susan Weidenbach [KDC]
 

 
We received our Notice of Award today!  [MODERATOR NOTE:  YAY, KANSAS!]

On Sep 26, 2018, at 8:23 PM, Jennifer Christian MD <jennifer.christian@...> wrote:

The ODEP website about RETAIN still says two out of the three pending types of awards (the expected 8 states and a single technical assistance contractor) will be announced before September 30 – and Jennifer Sheehy from ODEP told us that DOL must commit the money by then.  (SSA has not committed to the date when they will make their award for the single evaluation contractor.)

 

And I just realized that September 30 is Sunday.  The last business day in September is this Friday.

 

Has anyone heard anything from DOL?   My fingers are crossed for all of us.  (Webility was part of a bid to serve as the Technical Assistance contractor and provide support to all of the states that receive awards.)  

 

Cordially,

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH

Moderator, RETAINers List-Serv and Website on Groups.io

(a volunteer activity – not an officially sponsored group)

Chair, 60 Summits Project

(non-profit organization founded in 2006 and mothballed since 2010)

www.60summits.org 

508-358-0169

 

Re: Anyone heard anything about their RETAIN bid? Any states? Evaluators? Technical Assistance?

Jason Parker
 

Congrats Kansas!!!
 

Jason Parker, B.HK

Work Disability Consultant

PH: 604.521.3526

www.centrixdm.com

 

Re: Anyone heard anything about their RETAIN bid? Any states? Evaluators? Technical Assistance?

Kelly Drew Roberts
 

Congratulations, Kansas.  LMK if / how we can assist.  
 
Kelly


Re: Anyone heard anything about their RETAIN bid? Any states? Evaluators? Technical Assistance?

Paul Papanek
 

Just learned that California was one of the award-winners.  (Hooray!)

Paul Papanek, MD MPH FACOEM
 

Ohio is a RETAIN awardee too!

Tom.Hutter@jfs.ohio.gov
 

Ohio received our notice of award for the RETAIN grant late yesterday.

 

Tom Hutter, Project Manager

Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services

Office of Workforce Development

P.O. Box 1618

Columbus, OH  43216-1618

Tom.Hutter@...

614.466.9466

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OhioMeansJobs.com - Give yourself the edge.

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Re: Anyone heard anything about their RETAIN bid? Any states? Evaluators? Technical Assistance?

Bernice Peplowski
 

Woo hoo woo hoo for Kansas and Cali 👍👍👍👍

Paul - I will be at the American Occupational Health Conference prep mtg and will strongly support any participation by ACOEM that you and Jennifer suggest (ditto WOEMA given my role as president for 2019). 
 
Way to go every one - and special bravos and kudos to you Jennifer !! 👍👍👍
 
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On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5:47 PM, Paul Papanek via Groups.Io <LAToxDoc@...> wrote:

Just learned that California was one of the award-winners.  (Hooray!)

Paul Papanek, MD MPH FACOEM
 

MN! plus CA, KS, OH --- and CT, KY, and VT

Ryan, Jane E.
 

We were just notified of the award to MN.  Congrats to Ohio, Washington, Kansas, California, Vermont. Connecticut and Kentucky!  We are thrilled!

 

Jane Ryan
Return to Work
Recovery and Claims Services
PB 4-25
Mayo Clinic, a mission-driven worldwide leader in health care for 150 years – http://150years.mayoclinic.org 

Rochester, MN  55905
ryan.jane@...
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From: RETAINers@groups.io [mailto:RETAINers@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jennifer Christian MD
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:53 PM
To: RETAINers@groups.io
Cc: jennifer.christian@...; jhchristian@...
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [RETAINers] Anyone heard anything about their RETAIN bid? Any states? Evaluators? Technical Assistance?

 

The ODEP website about RETAIN still says two out of the three pending types of awards (the expected 8 states and a single technical assistance contractor) will be announced before September 30 – and Jennifer Sheehy from ODEP told us that DOL must commit the money by then.  (SSA has not committed to the date when they will make their award for the single evaluation contractor.)

 

And I just realized that September 30 is Sunday.  The last business day in September is this Friday.

 

Has anyone heard anything from DOL?   My fingers are crossed for all of us.  (Webility was part of a bid to serve as the Technical Assistance contractor and provide support to all of the states that receive awards.)  

 

Cordially,

Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH

Moderator, RETAINers List-Serv and Website on Groups.io

(a volunteer activity – not an officially sponsored group)

Chair, 60 Summits Project

(non-profit organization founded in 2006 and mothballed since 2010)

www.60summits.org 

508-358-0169

 

 

The 8 RETAIN states are: CA, CT, KS, KY, MN, OH, VT and WA

Jennifer Christian MD
 

Let's congratulate the 8 states that will be participating in RETAIN Phase I:  California, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Vermont and Washington.   

And also, let’s commiserate with the many people of good will in the state that were not awarded.  They scrambled to meet the challenge, formed themselves into ad hoc teams, put in enormous numbers of hours designing and writing up the best possible bids they could under that crazily time tight frame -- and were disappointed.  Ohhhh, I’ve been there and it is hard.   And of course, am likely to be there myself shortly when the TA contract award is announced.

Here's a link to the press release from ODEP about the state awards:  https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/odep/odep20180926

Cordially,
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH
Moderator, RETAINers List-Serv and Website on Groups.io
(a volunteer activity – not an officially sponsored group)
Chair, 60 Summits Project
(non-profit organization founded in 2006 and mothballed since 2010)
www.60summits.org 
508-358-0169