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Vocational rehabilitation

Chapter 296-19A, WAC

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Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 296-19A WAC)

Further rulemaking is needed to implement SHB 1496 (Chapter 137, Laws of 2015), such as providing clarification about Option 2 vocational counseling and job placement services.754.


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Option 2 Benefits (Chapter 296-19A - Vocational Rehabilitation)

L&I is adopting rules to implement SHB 1496 (Chapter 137, Laws of 2015). The rules explain the vocational Option 2 benefits available to injured workers and outline the responsibilities of the department, self-insured employers, and vocational rehabilitation counselors in connection with Option 2. The rules clarify which workers are eligible for increased vocational Option 2 benefits. Eligible workers can receive a vocational Option 2 award equal to nine months of temporary total disability benefits, can use up to 10 percent of training funds for vocational assistance, and have a longer period of time to make their Option 2 selection. In addition, the rules clarify that the highest priority is returning the injured worker to employment. The changes were adopted 1/19/2016 and became effective on 2/19/2016.735.


Rule Changes Effective


PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language


Comments Due


Public Hearing


PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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