If you have ever been injured at work, you may be familiar with the workers’ compensation process. However, if you are able to go back to work, even if you cannot do your original job, your compensation may be reduced or cut off, and you may be sent to vocational rehabilitation. So, what is this type of rehabilitation and how can it help you?
What Is Vocational Rehabilitation
Therefore, the purpose of vocational rehabilitation is to get you into or back into the workforce. These services help those with emotional, cognitive, functional, developmental, physical or psychological disabilities or impairments to find work and mitigate any barriers to gainful employment.
Each state offers different rehabilitation services, so you need to contact or search for a state office, such as “vocational rehabilitation Oregon,” to determine exactly what services are available to you. However, most states will begin your rehabilitation journey with an assessment of your current skills and physical abilities. They may provide training to help you improve or refresh your general skills. You may also be offered on-the-job training and career counseling. They should help you find a new job that meets your physical abilities and skills. If you need special accommodations, vocational rehabilitation will work with your new employer to make sure you have everything you need to succeed.
Rehabilitation Eligibility and Process
If you want employment and you have physical or mental disabilities that make working challenging and you need help finding a job that will work around your disabilities, you should be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. Also, if you are already on Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability, you are eligible. The rehabilitation office typically requires input from your healthcare professionals. However, if you are in a high-income bracket, you may be required to pay for part or all of your vocational rehabilitation services.
You will need to apply for rehabilitation services at your local office. You should receive a response within 60 days of your application’s submission.
If you have been injured or are disabled and want to work, contact your local vocational rehabilitation office.