Kentucky Awarded Federal Grant for RETAIN Pilot Program

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees remain in their job or return to work. Kentucky is one of only eight states to receive a federal Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network demonstration grant to develop a pilot program. The RETAINing Kentucky’s Workforce through Universal Design pilot will focus on using early, coordinated health and employment services to prevent long-term unemployment due to injury or illness caused by events such as falls, lifts, or strains. Under this project, an action plan will be developed to address barriers for injured workers returning to work.

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