Kim Burton, Tom Wickizer, and I have a good idea for how to reduce the inflow onto Social Security Disability Insurance. Ours was among only twelve proposals selected for further development during a “competition of ideas” held by the SSDI Solutions Initiative sponsored by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Once selected, we fleshed out the proposal in a written report. It recommends the development, testing, refinement and launch of a nationwide Health & Work Service (HWS) that would assist workers who have recently developed potentially disabling conditions to maximize their functional recovery, stay at or return to work — and either KEEP their jobs or FIND new ones! Our report describes why the service is needed and how it would work. It includes many literature citations that provide a solid foundation for our proposal as a whole as well as specific design features of the HWS.
The full reports have just been released to the public. You can find all 12 of them here: http://ssdisolutions.org/selected-papers.
And you can find ours here: http://ssdisolutions.org/sites/default/files/christianwickizerburton.pdf There is a main report and 3 (juicy) appendices. One oddity is that the editors removed all biographical or organizational info about the 3 authors. We could be 3 dogcatchers or 3 priests or 3 unemployed hula dancers for all the readers will ever know. Here’s info about me and my co-authors: Jennifer Christian, Thomas Wickizer and Kim Burton.
I verbally presented our idea in just 6 MINUTES at the SSDI Solutions conference on August 4, 2015. Here’s a video of the entire event. (My presentation starts about minute 36).
Do you happen to know any professionals who would LOVE to be part of a national effort to help people mitigate the impact of illness and injury on their lives and futures — and prevent needless work disability? I do!!! Among them are many of my physician and psychology colleagues in the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, the many professional members in a wide variety of disciplines on the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable — and most especially the 100 Founding and Charter members of the nascent but still unfunded Praxis Partners Consortium.
Hey, I have an idea! If you like the idea of a HWS service, why not get in touch with the people at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and tell them so! Here’s a link to their “contact us” page: http://ssdisolutions.org/contact/ssdi