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Worker’s Compensation Working Group Meeting

Dear friends and injured workers, 

 The working group at the Department of Labor will be meeting on this date below and time to review the workers compensation issues.  We have heard through the grapevine that a bill on VR services will be introduced at that time probably at the end of the meeting that will not provide time much time to discuss or dispute.  The feedback has indicated that it is definitely "not good" for VR services but we have asked but not been privy to the bill before they introduce this bill to the work group.  The bill would still have to be introduced at the legislature.

We understand now that the bill may include a 2-year cap on the length of VR services and deadlines for rehab plan etc.  These arbitrary dates on plans would be difficult given the differences for each client regarding their injuries and their medical status. 

 We are hoping that your presence at this meeting will help them understand who obtains these services and how did these services affect you.  Please know that those who attended the last work group meeting that discussed VR services that your presence was invaluable. If you are not able to attend but would like to submit testimony please submit to Laurie Hamano at:   lauriehamano@gmail.com     She will compile these letters and then forward to the Working Group.

Anything that comes from the VR counselors I am sure would appear to be self-serving to the Department of Labor. So we need your help once again to help us explain what these services do for this community or at the least show your support for these services: 

The next Worker’s Compensation Working Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:30 PM at the Hawaii State Capitol, Room 309.

This is a public hearing folks and you all are invited to be there to support the VR services so that the people in power do not eliminate or dismantle the services from those in the future who need this service. Should you want to send testimony should you not be able to attend please email your testimony and I will make sure that the work group gets it.

Thank you once again and please save the date.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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As I get older, I figured that it is good policy to leave the office and gain important perspective.  I plan and I arrange for staff to take over my cases when I am gone, I kennel my 3 dogs, I pack and arrange for people to teach my classes. Then I leave. It's not that I don't enjoy myself; I always do.  I gain perspective that I am replaceable, that the world will continue and I have no control (during this trip NY had another terrorist attack). It also reminds me that there are beautiful places away from home; it is still not my home.  

Home is where the relationships are...my family, friends, my VMC family, my clients, my furry pups, my students that I teach.  And once again I am hit with gratitude that this is what I return to....despite DCD and their desire to limit, degrade or even eliminate VR services, this is where I belong.   

So again we face another battle with DCD regarding the future of VR services.  With renewed energy, we move forward and face that "perspective" next week. With all of us banding together we cannot fail.

With perspective and gratitude,

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