Vocational Rehabilitation

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Vocational Rehabilitation Unit 443 Lafayette Road N. St. Paul, MN 55155

Gerald E. Meyer, Director – Phone: (651) 284-5007 Bemidji 3217 Bemidji Ave. N., Suite 5 Bemidji, MN 56601 Phone: (218) 755-4751 or 1-888-234-1116 Fax: (218) 755-4204 Duluth 5 N. 3rd Ave. W., Suite 400 Duluth, MN 55802 Phone: (218) 733-7820 or 1-800-365-4584 Fax: (218) 723-2362 Fergus Falls 125 Lincoln Ave. W., Suite 7 Fergus Falls, MN 56537 Phone: (218) 739-7206 or 1-800-657-3670 Fax: (218) 739-1384 Hibbing Workforce Center, Department of Labor and Industry 3920 13th Ave. E. Hibbing, MN 55746 Phone: (218) 362-5928 or 1-800-657-3768 Fax: (218) 262-7304 Mankato 410 Jackson St., Suite 520 Mankato, MN 56001 Phone: (507) 389-6507 or 1-877-348-0508 Fax: (507) 389-2746 Rochester 401 16th St. S.E. Rochester, MN 55904 Phone: (507) 280-3562 or 1-800-657-3950 Fax: (507) 280-5535 St. Cloud 3400 First St. N., Suite 405 St. Cloud, MN 56303 Phone: (320) 258-2050 or 1-800-657-3749 Fax: (320) 255-3951 St. Paul 443 Lafayette Road N. St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 284-5038 or 1-888-772-5500 Fax: (651) 284-5734

An overview of services provided by the

Vocational Rehabilitation Unit
labor & industry
Vocational Rehabilitation 443 Lafayette Road N. St. Paul, MN 55155
Please visit our Web site: www.doli.state.mn.us/vru.html

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This document can be provided in different forms, such as large print, Braille or audiotape, by calling (651) 284-5000 or (651) 297-4198/TTY.

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Workers’ Compensation Division

Who we serve: The Department of Labor and Industry’s Vocational Rehabilitation Unit (VRU) staff provides vocational rehabilitation services to people who have a work-related injury or illness. The goal of VRU services: VRU services are designed to help injured workers return to suitable employment as quickly as possible. This could mean a return to work with the pre-injury employer, in either the same job or another job, or to a new employer in the same or different type of work. Vocational rehabilitation services provided: • Rehabilitation consultation • Medical management • Job development and job placement • Vocational evaluation • Job analysis • Job-seeking skills training • Transferable skills analysis • On-the-job training • Retraining evaluation These services are provided or coordinated by a VRU qualified rehabilitation consultant (QRC). Who is entitled to these services? Minnesota’s workers’ compensation laws determine who can receive rehabilitation services, although any injured worker can request a rehabilitation consultation. The VRU QRC completes the eligibility process by assessing your ability to return to your occupation and your employer. If you are eligible, a rehabilitation plan is developed with you that outlines the services needed to accomplish return-to-work goals. What is the cost? Unless agreed to in a settlement, injured workers do not have to pay for our services. The costs of our services are paid by insurance carriers, self-insured employers or special state funds. What is a qualified rehabilitation consultant? A VRU qualified rehabilitation consultant (QRC) is a professionally trained and licensed person who works only with the rehabilitation of injured workers. The VRU QRC is an employee of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and is not affiliated with any other party involved with workers’ compensation. What are the steps? 1. You will meet with a QRC who will answer questions about rehabilitation services. 2. During the first meeting, the QRC will assist you with a Request for Rehabilitation and will ask for information needed to determine your eligibility for services. 3. If you are eligible, the QRC will develop a rehabilitation plan with you and begin assisting you to accomplish your return-to-work goals. What should the injured worker bring to the interview? You can save time by having the following information available during your interview: • information related to your work injury, work restrictions and medical treatment; • information about your work history. It is not necessary to obtain this information before you meet with the VRU QRC. During the interview, the QRC will complete the intake form and work history with you and gather additional information to assist you with your return to work. Any information obtained by the VRU is private and will only be released with your consent or as required by law. Appointment reminder Date: Time: If you have questions about workers’ compensation benefits, call the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Workers’ Compensation Hotline at 1-800-342-5354 or (651) 284-5005. If you have questions about VRU services, contact the nearest office or call the VRU director at 1-800-657-3749. Place:

With QRC: If you are unable to keep this appointment, please notify the QRC at the correct location, listed in this brochure.