Experiencing an occupational or non-occupational injury or illness may significantly impact one’s ability to maintain or obtain employment, along with their employer’s business investment and productivity and overall economic activity at all levels of government. The Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury or Illness Network (RETAIN) project focuses on building state level capacity across eight states in stay-at-home (SAW)/return-to-work (RTW) strategies to positively address these impacts.
RETAIN is a joint initiative of the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration. The project’s overall goals are to increase employment retention and labor force participation of individuals who acquire, and/or are at risk of, developing disabilities that inhibit their ability to work and to reduce long-term work absences among project participants.
As the Programmatic Technical Assistance Provider (RETAIN TA), AIR, in partnership with Concepts Communications, provides ongoing TA support to state awardees (California, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Washington and Vermont) through subject matter expertise, interactive engagement, shared learning, and capacity and knowledge building tools and resources to support individual and collective state needs on the readiness and implementation of their SAW/RTW models.
For additional information about RETAIN TA, contact RETAINTA@air.org.