Vermont RETAIN is committed to helping clinicians care for Vermont workers with injuries and illnesses that limit their ability to work.
Why is work important for health?
If employees do not return to work within a short period of time following injury or illness, their chance of returning to work decreases quickly. After a worker is out of work for 12 weeks because of an injury or illness, they have a 50% chance of ever returning to work. At 26 weeks, they have less than 20% chance of ever returning to work.
What is the Vermont Workability Resource Center ?
The Vermont Workability Resource Center (VT-WRC) is a resource for you and your patients that provides: 1. Access to board-certified Occupational Medicine physicians trained in stay-at-work and return-to-work best practices 2. A referral center for your patients that is staffed by Care Coordinators who are Registered Nurses and Licensed Social Workers expert in functional recovery. They can:
Provide support, guidance, and resources for your patients
Help your patients access the services they need to recover and return to productivity
Facilitate alternate or modified work plans or job re-training
Serve as a liaison between your patient, their healthcare system, and their employer
Who is eligible?
All working Vermonters with an injury or illness that is limiting their ability to work will be eligible for VT-WRC services.
The referral process
• Fax, email, or mail us a VT-WRC referral form that we can provide to your office • Call us to refer a patient or to set up an on-line referral link • Our Care Coordinators will follow up directly with your patient
Call or email to set up a time to speak to a board-certified Occupational Medicine physician who specializes in stay-at-work and return-to-work strategies.
We offer a one-hour training in evidence-based practices and time saving strategies to help you best care for workers with an injury or illness (on-line or in-person at a time convenient for you). CME credits may also be available.
Call Vermont RETAIN at 802-495-6173 or Email us at MaryHelen.Bentley@partner.vermont.gov