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mental health and addiction in the workplace

Employers may experience apprehension at the thought of hiring or retaining a person in recovery. A critical part of recovery for many individuals is a sense of purpose and belonging in their workplace and communities. Navigating the ins and outs of recovery can be a long a trying journey; creating a recovery friendly workplace can seem like a daunting task. But with a contemporary and scientific understanding of substance use disorder and insight into related business operations of responding to that disease, it does not need to be an overwhelming or complicated experience.

With the launch of three new online trainings, both employers and employees now have new tools at their disposal to help them prevent and respond to substance misuse within the workplace. The trainings, available at RecoveryOhio.Gov, were developed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, RecoveryOhio, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and the training and consulting firm Working Partners®. The trainings focus on a science-based explanation of substance use disorder to reduce stigma and develop effective strategies for managing it. These trainings guide employers in developing a business approach to preventing and responding to substance misuse, including hiring and retaining employees in recovery. For employees, the trainings can help them navigate workplace policies, practices, and overall company culture to ensure that they have the tools necessary to maintain lifelong recovery. 

MHAS has created a Recovery Friendly Workplace training, specific to Huron County and is available to help employers navigate the steps necessary to become Recovery Friendly. To request this training or for more information email

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