From Medical Rehabilitation to the Workforce: An Introduction
Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) provides a variety of medical rehabilitation services within its defined scope and mission through its Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF). Medical Rehabilitation through WWRC's CORF is clinically managed by a Physiatrist, a Board-Certified Specialist who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. A Medical Case Manager acts on behalf of clients, to serve as their advocate, and provides service coordination of the physician-ordered plan of care. Under the standards of a CORF, WWRC participates in blended funding, accepting and billing private, third party Insurance, and public Medicare/Medicaid funding sources for therapy services and DRS for non-medically necessary services.
Medical Rehabilitation ranges from short-term evaluation or assessment to treatment and transitional services leading to improved independence, workforce readiness, vocational training, and/or a return to work. Medical Rehabilitation is vital to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services/Division of Rehabilitative Services (DARS/DRS) in determining eligibility for Agency services and in developing/implementing a Plan for Employment for targeted Agency Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients.
Treatment services may include up to five (5) hours of daily therapy, five (5) days per week, dependent on needs of the client. Comprehensive, state-certified driving services, provided by Certified Driving Instructors (CDI) and Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (CDRS), are managed through WWRC's Occupational Therapy Department.
Behavioral Health Services Department Clinicians function as part of the WWRC Medical Rehabilitation Team to assist clients in achieving their optimal level of independence in community living. The Department is staffed by licensed clinical psychologists and licensed professional counselors as well as with a Behavior Services Team that provides group and individual sessions to assist clients in achieving the highest level of success as related to behavioral functioning in the campus environment. This takes the form of a continuum of services that are proactive and geared to teaching and training as well as individual and group sessions to address chronic minor behavioral issues.
Medical rehabilitation may be provided in a community outpatient or residential status. VR clients who require nursing and/or attendant care to participate in vocational and medical rehabilitation programs are housed on Rothrock Hall. WWRC's CORF also provides a small percentage of medical rehabilitation services for non-DRS clients, based on a defined capacity and the availability of resources.
VR clients may be referred to WWRC for a medical rehabilitation only program or in combination with other vocational services in preparation for the workforce. Medical Rehabilitation contributes significantly to the Agency rehabilitation rate (the ratio between successful and unsuccessful Agency closures in any given year) for VR clients served through WWRC.
From Medical Rehabilitation to the Workforce: Evolving Models of Success
WWRC's Medical Rehabilitation has played a significant role in evolving mission-centric partnerships with DARS/DRS, local and regional businesses, and other community partners. Two of these partnerships are summarized below: