The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kanas (WA) and Susan B Allen Hospital (SBA), in partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce, are implementing a stay-at-work/return-to-work program, called RETAIN WORKS, Retaining Employment and Talent after Injury/Illness Network. The project will begin on June 3, 2019, with a nine-month pilot program for Butler County employers or residents through the Butler Workforce Center, in partnership with Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital (SBA) in El Dorado.

 

The  goal is to assist individuals who become ill or injured remain in the labor force, which benefits the individual, their family, employers and the economy. The program also aims to reduce long-term work absences among project participants, and lessen the need for individuals to seek Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Kansas is one of eight states funded to implement and evaluate early intervention strategies designed to improve stay-at-work/return-to-work outcomes. WA and SBA have developed a program focused on early coordination and communication between employers, healthcare providers and employment-services professionals for individuals facing an illness or injury that could prevent ongoing employment. The primary focus of the RETAIN WORKS program strategies is individuals with musculoskeletal injuries, illnesses, mental disorders and chronic diseases.

 

Beginning June 3, 2019, RETAIN WORKS will begin serving individuals who live or work in Butler County and have experienced an injury or illness risking continued employment, but have the desire to stay-at-work/return-to-work. Butler County employers can also refer their existing injured or ill employees to the program. RETAIN WORKS participants will have access to an SBA nurse navigator to assist them with coordination of services through the process of recovery, and access to a workforce program coordinator at the Butler Workforce Center for employment related needs, with funds available for retraining program participants if needed.  

 

For more information on how to participate in RETAIN WORKS, contact Pamela Cartwright, SBA Director of Community Health Services, at 316-321-8784 or pcartwright@sbamh.org

This cooperative agreement is fully funded by the United States Department of Labor in the amount of $1,877,823 under Cooperative Agreement No. OD-32545-18-75-4-20.