Recovery Friendly Workplace

Funding is available for organizations serving multiple employers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, or Nebraska (e.g., Safety/Wellness Councils; Labor Organizations) to support the implementation of Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) programs, practices, and policies among small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Must be an organization serving multiple employers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and/or Nebraska (e.g., Safety/Wellness Councils; Labor Organizations; Chamber of Commerce; HR/Safety/Health
Groups; Unions).

Availability of funds for these proposals is conditional on continued funding of the HWC by NIOSH.

The maximum permitted budget is $10,000 for direct costs and up to 10% for indirect costs, depending on the amount needed to achieve the desired aims.

This guide briefly outlines the “why” and “how” to foster a recovery friendly workplace. Best practices for developing a supportive culture, training supervisors, and educating employees are also described.

Due to the opioid crisis and other substance use disorders, workplaces and employees are feeling the impact both on the job and at home. In this online, collaborative learning community the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest brought together three experts to share innovative ideas and best practices on how to create a workplace that is recovery friendly. 

Featured experts include:

  • Ann Marie Dale, PhD, OTR/L, Washington University in St. Louis
  • John Narine, DBA, CEAP, founder of Recovery Friendly Leader, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping businesses become recovery friendly
  • Jamie Osborne, MPH, CHES, public health analyst from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health