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Opioid Workplace Safety Pilot Program Launches in Ross County.

One of the best recovery tools for addiction is a job.

A new pilot program aimed at mitigating the opioid epidemic’s impact on Ross County’s workforce and business communities.  Under the Opioid Workplace Safety pilot program, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will provide up to $5 million over two years to help employers in Ross, Scioto and Montgomery counties hire, manage and retain workers in recovery from addiction.

“We have employers that have jobs to fill and people in recovery who want to work, but the two sides don’t often connect because of safety concerns and other reasons,” said Dr. Terrence Welsh, BWC’s chief medical officer, during a press conference at the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce. “By working with both of these populations, our hope is to help businesses become more productive and workers in recovery stay on a healthy path and become productive citizens again.”

Backed with BWC funds, the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) boards in each county will administer the program to provide employers:

  • Reimbursement for pre-employment, random and reasonable suspicion drug testing;
  • Training for managers/supervisors to help them better manage a workforce that includes individuals in recovery;
  • A forum/venue for “second-chance” employers to share success stories, learn from each other and encourage others to hire workers in recovery.

For more about the Opioid Workplace Safety program, click here.

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