Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation - Volume 15, issue 1
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Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation will provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of information about the major areas that constitute vocational rehabilitation.
Periodically, there will be topics that are directed either to specific themes such as long-term care or different disability groups such as those with psychiatric impairment. Often a guest editor who is an expert in the given area will provide leadership on a specific topic issue. However, all articles received directly or submitted for a special issue are welcome for peer review. The emphasis will be on publishing rehabilitation articles that have immediate application for helping rehabilitation counselors, psychologists and other professionals in providing direct services to people with disabilities.
Original research articles, review articles, program descriptions, and case studies will be considered for publication. Ideas for special topical issues are welcomed as well.
Abstract: Progression of Disability Benefits refers to the migration of workers with work-limiting disabilities as they move through a system of economic disability benefits resulting in their ultimate placement into the Social Security disability system. This article documents and describes this phenomenon by examining the phases of short term, long term, and social security disability compensation systems. Implications for disability policy, disability management programming, and future research directions are discussed.
Keywords: Progression of Benefits, disability management, disability policy, disability benefits
Abstract: This study is part of a larger investigation that explored the phenomenon called the Progression of Disability Benefits (PODB). PODB refers to the migration of workers with work-limiting disabilities through a system of economic disability benefits, resulting for some in their ultimate placement into the Social Security disability system. The present study focuses on 6,035 claims submitted to a large disability insurance company for financial support following the development of a mental disorder and examines the…PODB phenomenon within this population. The study found significant relationships between demographic, work-related, International Classification of Diseases volume 9 (ICD-9) disorder, and benefit claims patterns. Claimants receiving mental disability benefits were more likely to be younger, female and to progress to advanced benefits than those with physical disabilities. Mental disability claims were most often based upon Mood disorders, followed by Anxiety/Stress-related and Substance-related disorders. Mood and Anxiety disorder clusters were comprised predominantly of females, whereas claimants with Substance-related disorders were predominantly male. Mental disorder type varied across US geographical region and industry type. PODB varied across disability type, gender, geographical region, and industry type.
Keywords: mental disorder, employee benefits, insurance, social security, disability
Abstract: This article examines recent developments in Disability Management (DM) programs and practices, as well as their potential impact in the context of significant changes in workplace demographics. Recent trends are highlighted, in particular the integrated disability management (IDM) approach and broadening perspective on managing all workplace absences to support employees and enhance productivity. Emerging absence management models that encompass the elements of DM and IDM to deal with all work interruptions are…identified as the cutting edge of best practices. The authors further discuss how this movement impacts the roles and functions of practitioners in the field based on the findings of recent research by the Commission on Disability Management Specialist Certification (CDMSC). Suggestions for professional and organizational development are offered.
Keywords: disability management, practice and organizational issues, integrated care, integrated benefits, new directions, disability case management
Abstract: Emerging rehabilitation practices in the field of employer-based disability management emphasize leadership, program administration, and communications competencies that transcend traditional graduate Rehabilitation Counselor education. Using an organizational case study, this article identifies new skills required of rehabilitation professionals in a company that successfully adopted an integrated health and disability management strategy.
Keywords: vocational rehabilitation practices, rehabilitation counselors, disability management, integrated disability management, integrated health and disability management
Abstract: Providers of Disability Management services were surveyed regarding their perceptions of major job functions and corresponding knowledge and skill requirements. The results indicated that knowledge in the areas of Case Management Techniques, Psychosocial Intervention, Vocational Aspects of Disability, Managed Care and Managed Disability, and Human Resources/Business is essential to perform Disability Management job functions. Implications for Disability Management training and clinical practice are discussed.
Keywords: disability management, case management, roles and function, credentialing, certification and licensure