The Workers' Compensation Program provides statutory benefits for members, employees in compliance with Labor and Education Codes. This program also provides members with an Employee Assistance Program (EASE), Pre-Placement Physical Exams, Pre-Placement Drug Screening, Health Improvement (Wellness), and Department of Transportation compliance. In addition, loss prevention/control services are funded and made available to members via JPA staff and contract vendors.
PROGRAM CONTACT INFORAMTION
San Diego County Schools Risk Management JPAFelicia Amenta
6401 Linda Vista Road, Suite 505, San Diego, CA 92111
Phone 858-571-7221, Fax 858-279-6236
, Workers' Compensation Senior Program Manager
858-571-7221 Ellie Salimi
, Workers' Compensation Technician
Workers' Compensation Administrator and Broker
ADMINISTRATOR: ATHENS ADMINISTRATORS
P.O. BOX 696, CONCORD, CA 94522
Phone: 925-826-1000 Fax: 619-374-7246
Toll Free: 866-482-3535
BROKER: MdGriff Insurance Services
750 B Street, Suite 2400, San Diego, CA 92101-2476
Phone: 619-231-1010 Toll Free: 800-421-6744 Fax: 619-236-9134
Medical Screening Services
Medical screening services consist of occupational health cost containment programs such as:
- Pre-placement Physical Exams
- Physical Agility Testing
- Fitness for Duty Exams
- Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Exams for Commercial Drivers
- Drug and Alcohol Screening
- Hepatitis B Vaccinations
- Tuberculosis Skin Tests
- Respirator Clearance Exams
JPA members in the Workers' Compensation Program are automatically included in the Medical Screening Services Program. The purpose of this program is to identify any diseases and functional limitations of employees and candidates for employment. This facilitates assignment to work which is compatible with an individual's physical and emotional status.
Pre-placement Physical Exams are divided into three categories, Group I, II, and III. The type of position and its physical demands determine which category of exam will be given. The JPA currently contracts with several providers for medical screening services, including Sharp Rees Stealy, Palomar Health, U.S. Healthworks, Inc. and Kaiser on the Job with medical facilities located in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties. Each member district contacts the facility of their choice and schedules appointments. Billings are sent directly to the JPA for payment.
For more information about this program, call Felicia Amenta at 858-571-7221.
Department Of Transportation - Drug And Alcohol Testing
Federal law requires employers to test commercial drivers for the illegal use of alcohol and controlled substances. A driver must obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) if operating a vehicle that:
- Has a gross combination weight rating of 26,000 or more pounds;
- Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver;
- Is of any size and is used in the transportation of materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and which require the motor vehicle to be placarded under Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Part 172, subpart F).
Through the JPA contract with “CDT” (Comprehensive Drug Testing), your district can obtain pre-placement, post-accident, random, reasonable suspicion, and return-to-duty testing of commercial drivers. Random testing includes 50% of CDL employees (drugs) and 25% of CDL employees (alcohol), per year.
Call Felicia Amenta at 858-571-7221 today for more information.
JPA Health Improvement Program Summary
The Health Improvement Program is a cost containment/loss control program of the San Diego County Schools Risk Management Joint Powers Authority.
The Health Improvement Program was established in 1983. The JPA is currently using several health care providers on an as needed basis. Specific requests for establishing a Health Improvement Program in your district can be coordinated through the JPA.
Program Philosophy: The philosophy of the current Health Improvement Program is to provide health improvement services to employees at low/no cost. (The JPA is willing and eager to help you get started!)
The Health Improvement Program reflects the accepted belief that well employees experience lower medical bills, less lost work time, and reduced workers' compensation claims.
The Health Improvement Program is designed to address all wellness aspects of an employee's life, including a well body and a well mind. It attempts to create basic lifestyle changes that will improve an employee's health.
If you need assistance locating a physician, please contact your claims examiner at Athens Administrators, 866-482-3535. Please advise your examiner of the doctor selected so they can be sure he/she has all the info needed to provide you treatment.
San Diego County Schools JPA MPN
MPN ID # 1401
Other MPN Information
MPN Contact: This person is responsible for responding to complaints, for answering employees' questions about the Medical Provider Network and for assisting the employee in arranging for an MPN independent medical review pursuant to Labor Code section 4616.4.
6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 505
San Diego, CA 92111
Medical Access Assistant (MAA): One or more persons will be available, at a minimum, from Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Pacific Time, to provide employee assistance with access to medical care under the MPN. The employee assistance shall be available in English and Spanish. The assistance shall include but not be limited to contacting provider offices during regular business hours and scheduling medical appointments for covered employees. MPN medical access assistants have different duties than claims adjusters. MPN medical access assistants work in coordination with the MPN Contact and the claims adjuster(s) to ensure timely and appropriate medical treatment is provided to the injured worker.
Medical Access Assistant