New Program Helps Injured Workers Take Next Step After Disability Benefits End

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) launched the Next Step program to assist injured workers who are unable to return to employment.
 
Many claimants who receive workers’ compensation benefits are unsure of how they will support their families in the future.
The 
Next Step program provides injured workers a means to return to meaningful and productive employment once they have exhausted their disability benefits.
 
“These workers are at a loss and we didn’t want them to feel like there’s nothing they can go toward,” said Abbie Hudgens, BWC administrator. “This program will give them a wonderful opportunity to earn a living at a job they’ve maybe always wanted to do or discover skills they never knew they had.”
 
The Next Step program allows applicants to find a new career path without having to go through a traditional education program. It shows workers how to utilize the expertise available at the American Job Centers in Tennessee. The centers have staff trained to assess job skills and help permanently injured persons find suitable employment by partnering with local employers.

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