WASHINGTON — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services was awarded $18.8 million by the U.S. Department of Labor to continue a pilot project to help newly injured and ill workers remain in the workforce.
The Department of Labor also awarded four other grants to agencies in Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota and Vermont. The five grants totaled more than $103 million.
The agencies will begin the second phase of demonstration projects in the development of the Retaining Employment and Talent after Injury/Illness Network, which focuses on implementing and evaluating stay-at-work and return-to-work strategies to help people remain effective contributors to the labor force after illness or injury. States will use grant funds to improve coordination among employers, health care providers and other stakeholders able to help workers find alternatives as they decide whether to stay at or return to work after illness or injury.
“Ohio workers are the engine of our economy. Whether they are in nursing, teaching, farming, manufacturing, hospitality or any other sector of our economy — Ohioans put everything into their work,” U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, said in a news release. “It is only right that we should have their backs when they need us the most.”