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Vocational Rehabilitation
If early intervention is not successful in returning the injured worker with the employer of injury, vocational rehabilitation services will be assigned. This service is provided by a contracted company, currently CorVel. Vocational consultants and staff are located in Bismarck, Fargo, Minot, Marion, Watford City, and Grand Forks, with a national network to provide vocational rehabilitation for out-of-state injured workers.

Vocational rehabilitation utilizes workers’ functional capabilities, education, employment history, experience, and transferable skills to develop a return-to-work plan. To identify the appropriate rehabilitation option the injured worker may be required to complete vocational or capabilities testing.

The vocational rehabilitation consultant will assist the injured worker in understanding the process, share information relating to the injured worker’s medical and vocational status, and attend medical appointments as necessary to review medical status. They are available to the injured worker to answer questions, explain job goals, transferable skills, assist with job readiness skills, and explain test results of any required testing i.e. Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA), or Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

The injured worker and the vocational rehabilitation consultant review the rehabilitation options in the following order:

  • Return to same position (same employer)
  • Return to same occupation (any employer)
  • Return to modified position (same employer)
  • Return to modified or alternate occupation (any employer)
  • Identify appropriate jobs within a local job pool
  • Identify appropriate jobs within the statewide job pool
  • Short-term training (one year or less)
  • Long-term training (two years or less)

The vocational rehabilitation consultant will submit a vocational consultant’s report (VCR) to WSI for approval.

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