These past few months from have been quite “eye-opening”. Several events have occurred which tugged at my heart, humbled me as well as made me re-evaluate where I am in this world; and my part on this small island.
The first event was the Hawaii Injured Workers Educational Seminar or Summer Fest held at the Kroc Center in Ewa Beach on September 15, 2018. With the help of officers and directors of HIWA along with the staff of Vocational Management Consultants, about 60 injured workers heard doctors on their “take” on the workers compensation system, we heard other injured workers and their stories of tragedy and success as well as professionals who work within the system trying to make change occur. So, we learned in order to “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” we must start with ourselves.
IARP Report Submitted 11-08-2017
We have been keeping tabs on the statistics as they relate to Vocational Rehabilitation services for many years. We have been told VR “costs a lot of $” and we keep on looking at what the statistics say. The statistics however say otherwise. The vocational rehabilitation services statistics cost in percentages continually decreased over the past 20 years. The numbers of cases that enter VR services have decreased every year. As of 2015, VR services cost 1.53% of the total cost $290,000,000. So we ask you to review what we have put together here and you be the judge.