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Vocational Recovery Services


Vocational Recovery Services fulfill the Rhode Island General Law (RIGL) § 28-33-41 - Rehabilitation of Injured Persons by providing high quality vocational restorative and re-employment services to injured workers who cannot return to work in their pre-injury occupation or have been terminated by their employer by exceeding the period of time allotted under R.I.G.L. § 28-33-47 - Reinstatement of Injured Worker.

Vocational Recovery can take a variety of forms. Initially, a vocational counselor will meet face-to-face with an injured worker and conduct an intake assessment according to the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court Medical Advisory Board’s Initial Vocational Assessment Protocol Guidelines. At the conclusion of this assessment, the counselor will make return-to-work recommendations.  The bases of these recommendations emanate from the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court, Medical Advisory Board’s Hierarchy of Vocational Rehabilitation. For example, if an injured worker is eligible to return to work with his/her employer, a vocational counselor will attempt to discuss (and can negotiate) his/her return to work by suggesting that an employer make accommodation(s) to the job so he/she can return to work despite some continuing disability.  If it is not possible for an injured worker to return to work with his/her employer, the vocational counselor will recommend re-employment services and, if indicated, locate training opportunities.  

The Arrigan Rehabilitation Center offers the following vocational programs:

Vocational counselors at the Arrigan Rehabilitation Center are trained and skilled in the rehabilitation of injured workers.  Each has earned or is in the process of earning a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, is a Qualified Rehabilitation Counselor by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, and has attained or is in the process of attaining the designation of Certified Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Graduate level rehabilitation counseling interns are often utilized from Salve Regina University, Assumption College, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.



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