Welcome to the Interactive Process (IP) for Reasonable Accommodation!

For Employers, Employees and other impacted parties when disability, injury or illness strike!

What is IP?  The interactive accommodation process, or simply interactive process, refers to the collaborative effort involving an employer and employee to determine if the employee can return to work subsequent to an occupational or non-occupational injury, disease or disorder.

The process typically involves a face-to-face meeting with the employee and representatives for the employer, usually a human resources or risk management representative.  To ensure fairness and neutrality around the process, many employers chose to engage the services of a third-party mediator or facilitator experienced in disability-related matters.

The parties bring various ideas to the table regarding whether the employee can be accommodated in returning to their usual and customary (U&C) position or some other type of work. The parties may agree that a certain aspect of the U&C position can be modified to accommodate the employee’s change in capacity.

If the U&C position cannot be modified sufficiently, or if continued performance represents a direct threat to the employee with the limitations or to others around, or if pursuit of accommodations represent an undue hardship, then evaluation of alternative work in open positions for which the position is qualified and can perform with their limitations is conducted.

It’s easy to get started.  Just follow the steps below and we’ll get the ball rolling to make sure you stay in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). (See those links or the links at the bottom of the page.)

Step #1:  Complete the Meeting Request Form with Dr. Dupree, Disability Consultant and Meeting Facilitator.

Step #2:  Schedule your Interactive Meeting.  Use my on-line scheduler to find a time that works best for you!

Step #3: Secure the Employee’s Consent to Release Medical Information

a.  For non-Joint Powers of Authority (JPA)/non-Workers’ Compensation (WC) disability issues:  Use this Authorization to release medical report blank (fillable)

b.  For JPA/WC disability issues:  Use this Authorization to release Athens medical report blank (fillable)

Step #4:  Schedule a complimentary 15-minute call prior to the Interactive Process Meeting to discuss any issues of concern as to how they may impact the reasonable accommodation process.

I look forward to working with you.

Here’s to a successful accommodation journey!  Be confident that you’re doing the right thing!

 

With warm regards,

Dr. Debra Dupree, PsyD

Dr. Debra Dupree

Interactive Process Meeting Facilitator / Mediator


Certified Professional Disability Manager

Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Certified Case Manager

Click here for my Intro Packet – Dr. Debra Dupree and learn more about me!

Visit these sites to learn more about the interactive process:

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

American Disability Act