RETAIN in Texas #TX
Barrett, Karen <karenbarrett@...>
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I am a certified occupational health nurse specialist that has been in Occupational Health x 39 years. I would love to work with the Texas group. We have both Workers’ Comp and Non-Subscribers options in Texas. My current position is with a non-subscriber health system (hospitals, physician offices and free standing clinics and urgent care clinics) in the Dallas/Ft, Worth area.
I look forward to hearing from any others in Texas.
Karen Barrett, RN, COHN-S, CHSP, FAAOHN
Director | Employee Health | MHS
karenbarrett@... | 214.947.6520
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Subject: [RETAINers] RETAIN is a first step towards establishing accountability for job loss following injury/illness
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One way to look at RETAIN is as a beginning – of a long-term effort to START establishing accountability within government and to a lesser extent within other sectors of the economy for preventing needless work disability (preventable job loss / withdrawal from the workforce).
Today, few people recognize worklessness as a very poor outcome of a health problem that develops in a working person – and yet it is definitely that. There is a cascade of manifold negative consequences to physical and emotional health, as well as family, social, and economic well-being that occur when formerly independent working people lose their livelihood and enter a life of dependency on government benefits.
See powerpoint attached – a summary of the policy paper I wrote on Establishing Accountability to Reduce Job Loss after Illness/Injury while serving as a member of the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative sponsored by the US Dept of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that is now managing RETAIN. Full text is also attached. Reading pages 1-7 will give you all the main ideas.
When ODEP commissioned this paper, and I started thinking about this issue, I suddenly saw that TODAY, none of the three stakeholders on the front lines -- those called upon to respond at the time that a working person develops an injury or illness -- feels ANY accountability for preventing job loss or workforce withdrawal. Those three front-line stakeholders are the treating physician or other healthcare practitioner, the employer, and the benefits claims payer – if there is one. And this issue has not been on ANY government agency's radar. Yet, when the individuals who lose their job end up on public disability-related programs, it is the taxpayers who end up holding the bag and paying for that lack of accountability.