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What is RETAIN? 

“RETAIN” stands for Retaining Employment After Injury/Illness Network. At VT RETAIN, we provide support to people who live or work in Vermont and are at risk of work-disability to reduce or eliminate the number of days that person is out of work after an injury or illness. We believe that working is a health outcome and that staying at work positively affects that person, their family and community circles. The VT RETAIN study aims to reduce the negative impact work-disability could have on a person's life by studying the effects that direct support can have. 

Statistics show that unemployment can increase the risk of serious mental and physical health conditions, and the longer someone is unemployed, the less likely that person is to return to the workforce. The VT RETAIN study is built by expert medical and employment professionals, Work-Health Coaches, and experienced coordinators who provide early, personalized support to ensure successful work outcomes. This could be by working directly or indirectly with a person's medical provider or employer, connecting that person with one of our dedicated Work-Health Coaches, or connecting them to training and resources that help navigate complicated work-disability policies.

The VT RETAIN study is funded by the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and is a joint initiative lead by ODEP and the Social Security Administration. VT RETAIN is working in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Labor Workers' Compensation and Safety Division to provide support to Vermont. 


Contact Us 

  • Phone: 833-995-1085 
  • Email: 
  • Mail: Vermont RETAIN, PO Box 1138, White River Junction, VT 05001 



What is VT RETAIN?
VT RETAIN is a free program managed by the State of Vermont that provides support to workers with injuries or illnesses to help them stay at or get back to work as quickly and successfully as possible. Being able to work is essential for living your best life, and many people feel alone and unprepared for being out of work from an injury or illness. We want to help. The VT RETAIN program is looking for people to participate in a study to help us improve our services.

What are the benefits of participating in the VT RETAIN research study?
All study participants receive:

  • Expert tips for safely working during an injury or illness
  • A library of work-health resources vetted by professionals
  • Financial compensation for time spent participating in the study
  • Free access via your primary care provider to an Occupational Medicine doctor

Some participants also will receive six months of free work-health coaching services provided by a licensed social worker, registered nurse, or other experienced professional by phone or a mobile health app. You will be notified after you enroll whether or not you will be assigned a Work-Health Coach. Work-health coaching does not replace your treatment plan but provides additional assistance by working with you and your care team to keep your recovery on track by:

  • Creating an individualized plan to help you stay at or return to work
  • Providing support, guidance, and work-health resources through regular one-on-one check-ins
  • Helping you access health, employment, and other services

How do I get started?
The first step is to answer a few screening questions. You can get a screening form from your primary care provider or contact VT RETAIN directly. A RETAIN Coordinator will contact you if you meet screening criteria for the study.

What happens when I enroll in the VT RETAIN study?
If you are eligible and choose to enroll, you will receive an enrollment packet with a consent form, intake survey, and access to our resource library. If you are assigned a Work-Health Coach, you will schedule weekly check-ins with your Coach to ensure your progress is on track. Six months after you enroll, we will ask you to complete an exit survey packet to help us improve the program. You will receive up to $100 for completing the study surveys.

What if I have questions?
You or your healthcare provider can call us directly at 802-829-6482 or email us at LABOR.RETAIN@VERMONT.GOV

Thank you for helping Vermont understand how to make it easier for people to navigate the maze of medical treatment, recuperation, and the return-to-work process!

VT RETAIN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration under a grant award of $21,600,000 to the Vermont Department of Labor that will be incrementally provided. One hundred percent of grant funding is from U.S. Federal funds.

This website does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor or the Social Security Administration, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.