On February 2, 2024, we are transitioning from the current work conditioning and work hardening programs to implement the new Work Rehabilitation program.

Program Details

Work Rehabilitation (WR) is an individualized special program to assist workers in meeting the demands of a specific job using progressive exercise, work simulation tasks and education. This program has two levels of intensity.

  • Work rehabilitation – Conditioning (WR-C) is the less intensive type of a WR program. It is intended for workers with Sedentary to Medium physical job demands with a program from 2-4 hours in duration.
  • Work rehabilitation – Hardening (WR-H) is a more intensive type of a WR program. It is intended for workers with Medium to Very Heavy physical job demands with a program from 2-8 hours in duration.

General criteria for admission

  • The individual has had at least 2 months of recovery since their injury.
  • The individual’s accepted condition is a musculoskeletal or other allowed condition impacting their ability to return to work at their full duties.
  • There is a referral from their attending provider for this program.
  • The individual is able to participate for a minimum of 2 hours a day, 3 to 5 days a week.
  • There is an identified return-to-work goal with a job description/analysis.
  • Services are provided by an L&I approved WR provider.

Work Rehabilitation Resources

Provider Education

Work Rehabilitation clinicians need 2 hours in each of the 4 categories for a total of 8 hours.

Category A:  L&I Workers' Compensation Basics is provided by L&I and available online. 

Category B:  Pain Neuroscience Education

Category C:  Psych-Informed Practice

Category D:  Physical Medicine Best Practices

Categories B-D:  Providers can take courses related to these 3 categories through licensing and professional associations, continuing education providers, webinars, and by hosting professional in-services. L&I will count relevant courses taken within the last 6 months toward the requirement. 

Contact Us

Email: Therapy@Lni.wa.gov