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Have you experienced an injury preventing you from working?


Every year, millions of American workers experience an injury or illness that puts them at risk of leaving the workforce1. When someone leaves the labor force due to an injury or illness, it can be detrimental for the worker, for their families, for employers and for the economy.


With early action and coordination, an injured worker can reengage in their daily work routine, regain their sense of purpose and social connections, retain valuable skills, and stabilize their financial situation. Being at work often plays a role in the recovery process2, where a gradual return to normal job responsibilities can help workers build activity tolerance and personal confidence.


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 agencies with state return-to-work resources. As part of the legacy to this project, a collection of videos modeled after the RTW care a participant received, was produced to share important resources to help self-direct an injured or ill worker on their path to recovery.


Returning to Work After Injury or Illness Video Series


The Connecticut Return to Work Resources guide was created by the RETAIN-CT team 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. There are many different programs and agencies listed that can be used by workers, employers and providers. 


Connecticut Return to Work Resources
*Please note that many of these resources are CT-specific but in some cases there are also federal and national resources listed as well. The listings were compiled in the first quarter of 2022.

Take Charge of Your Pain Program: Patient Booklet
A Guide for Injured Workers, Returning to Work

1 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistic. Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities, Available online at
2 Office of Disability Employment Policy, “Return to Work Toolkit for Employers and Employees”


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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