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.
As of December 2017, HIWA received a generous donation from an anonymous donor of $2500 to begin a new fund called the “Dignity Fund”. The donor noted that this fund was to help injured workers in situations where a grant would help them actuate their goals; where the insurance carriers would not or could not provide assistance. The fund would accept requests for expenses incurred by survivors of work-related injuries when benefits do not cover quality of life items and services. The fund has begun distributing funds and will accept requests on an open basis from injured workers, their physicians, attorneys, therapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors or other support personnel. While fund recipients are encouraged to donate back into the fund if personal circumstances allow, it is not a condition for funding.