The opioid epidemic in Ohio has had a incredibly negative affect on injured workers and their ability to return to work.
As a unique solution, Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation has begun to encourage use of health behavioral assessments and interventions. An excellent webinar was recently posted to their site.
Put simply, health behavioral assessments use a variety of tools to identify barriers to return to work. These may include negative patterns of thinking including fear, work avoidance and unhealthy lifestyle habits.
Health behavioral interventions are then designed to address these roadblocks to return to work and healthy functioning. They’re not intended to address psychiatric or mood disorders, but serve more as a life coaching tool to optimize Ohio’s workers well-being.
The time has come for this tool to be used widely with our workers in the state of Ohio. Together, workers as well as employers will all benefit.