Return to Work / Stay at Work
The timely return of injured employees to productive roles in the Texas workforce is one of the key components of the Division of Workers' Compensation's (DWC's) mission. Return to work is a responsibility shared by employers, employees, health care providers, insurance carriers and the DWC.
The longer an employee is away from work after an injury, the harder it is for him or her to get back to work at all; and the longer an employee is away from work, the higher are the employer's workers' compensation costs and related business costs.
The following information is provided to help employers, injured employees and health care providers appreciate the benefits of return to work and to guide them in fulfilling their respective roles. The employer resources assist employers to create and implement effective return-to-work procedures--a key element in returning injured employees to productive work.
- Frequently-Asked Questions
- Effective Return-to-Work Practices for Employers
- About the Return-to-Work Reimbursement Program for Employers (PDF)
- DWC Form-001, Employer's First Report of Injury or Illness (PDF)
- DWC Form-008, Return-to-Work Reimbursement Program for Employers
- DWC Form-073 - Work Status Report (PDF)
- DWC Form-074, Description of Injured Employee's Employment
- 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 137, Subchapter B--Return-to-Work
- Return to Work Guidelines
- Making Return to Work - Work: For Your Business and Your Employees (Return-to-Work Guide) (PDF)
- Working Works - Employment Resources for Injured Employees (PDF)
- Injured Employee Return-to-Work Checklist
- CARF Accredited Work Conditioning and Work Hardening Programs Exempted from Preauthorization and Concurrent Review
- CARF Q&As - Work Conditioning & Work Hardening, ODG and Preauthorization (PDF)
How to Apply for Inclusion in the Registry
Private providers of vocational rehabilitation services may apply to be listed in the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) Registry of Private Providers of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, provided below.
28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §136.2 requires a private provider who wishes to be included in the DWC's registry to complete, sign and submit an agency-approved registration form. Section 136.2(b)(5) requires a statement showing that the private provider is credentialed as an LPC, CCM, CRC, CVE or CDMS.
Although only individual private providers can be included in the registry, an individual provider may list a business affiliation if desired. The application is valid for a one-year period.
To apply, please complete DWC Form-065 and mail or fax your application and attachments to:
Texas Department of Insurance
Division of Workers' Compensation
Outreach Planning & Coordination, MS-5
7551 Metro Center Drive, Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78744-1645
After reviewing the application and attachments to determine if the provider meets the qualifications set out in Rule 136.2, the DWC will send the provider written results of the review.
If you have any questions, please call DWC Outreach at 512-804-4685.
For information about booking a Return to Work presentation, contact the TDI Speaker's Bureau.
For more information, contact:
Last updated: 03/21/2017