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RETAIN-CT (Retaining Employment and Talent after Injury/Illness Network) was a federally-funded quality improvement project designed to improve return-to-work (RTW) outcomes for workers in Connecticut with musculoskeletal (MSK) pain and injuries. The project provided a unique opportunity for the collaboration of providers, insurers, injured workers, employers and state return-to-work resources. The RETAIN-CT approach includes provider training, improved employer communication and outreach, the use of very early RTW coordination and planning, and access to medical peer physician advice on best occupational health practices.

As a legacy to this successful collaboration, a guide was created to help people in Connecticut return-to-work (RTW) and stay-at-work (SAW) by offering resources and strategies that can help with the process. The guide contains a listing of the recommended state services as described in the Returning to Work After Injury or Illness Video Series. You and your staff may share this guide with your patients with an injury, illness or disability by downloading, Connecticut Return to Work Resources. Included in this guide are COVID-19 and “long COVID” resources.

In addition, listed below are documents and research shared with RETAIN-CT Providers.

Take Charge of Your Pain Program: Patient Booklet
Work Disability Prevention Manifesto
A Guide for Injured Workers, Returning to Work
Factors Affecting RTW following Acute Low-Back Pain
Red Flags/Green Lights: A Guide to Identifying and Solving RTW Problems
Working Together: Successful Strategies for RTW
Who Returns to Work and Why? Evidence and Policy Implications from a New Disability and Work Reintegration Study
Work Reintegration Study
The Risks of Wordlessness

Return to work after long COVID: Evidence at 8th March 2021  – A UK publication regarding the Covid-19 symptoms which can impact daily function and an ability to work.

The RETAIN-CT program was fully funded by the United States Department of Labor under Cooperative Agreement No. OD-32541-18-75-4-9, in the amount of $3,110,280. This website does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. This program was administered by the CT Department of Labor. © 2022 CT Department of Labor


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