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For more than 30 years, Craig’s Community Reintegration program has helped graduates return to work through an innovative program that gives newly disabled individuals the skills and opportunity to become economically self-sufficient again.
The Community Reintegration program works toward reintegrating patients back into their former work environment whenever possible. Returning to work is most successful when people can retain the job they held prior to injury, capitalizing on pre-injury success, and the social relationships and support from their prior employer.
We’ve found that if we can connect with the employer early, the employers are often very willing to help our patients return to their former jobs. Our grads feel a sense of security when they can return to something they know.Tiffany Heck, Community Reintegration supervisor
Often, the patient will work in non-clinical departments throughout the hospital in areas closely relating to their work needs. This gives the patients an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to perform work-related tasks.
Once the patient has returned to work, the CR staff visits the patient at the worksite weekly or as needed to ensure things are going well, slowly tapering off at the patient and employer begins to feel more comfortable.
When patients cannot return to a job after injury or were previously unemployed, the CR team helps with career exploration, interest testing and assistance with returning or applying to a university or trade school.
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“As a large employer, we recognize the importance and great need for a program like Community Reintegration,” says Mike Nixson, director of Land for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Rocky Mountain and Alaska region. “It’s getting people back into the job force and allowing them to sustain their lives—that’s just so important.”Anadarko Petroleum