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Project Number: p04-11c

Defining Suitable Employment Goals for the SSDI Population

Principal Investigators: Monroe Berkowitz and Debra Brucker

Project Type: Core Research

Project Year: 04

Thematic Category: Return to Work

Project Summary:

Research activities will focus on how the idea of suitable employment is used within the federal SSDI program and within three different state workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, vocational rehabilitation, and welfare agency programs. A case study approach will be used to examine differences in: the populations served; the components of the suitable employment definitions, including examples of how these definitions are used in each particular program; the narrowness or breadth of each definition of suitable employment; where possible, reported rates of return to work, program exits and/or job retention. Applicability of insights gained will be discussed for the SSDI program.