Native 317 Board companions with Ohio Bureau of Staff’ Compensation to assist these in restoration | Information

ATHENS – The Athens-Hocking-Vinton Panel on Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (317 Board) announced a new partnership with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) that will allow employers to reimburse costs related to changes in workplace policies reimbursement and employee training on substance use.

The BWC Substance Restoration and Workplace Safety Program covers the following expenses:

· Develop or review an employer’s substance use policy, including a legal review

· Training to educate employees on substance use guidelines in their workplace

· Training to help managers better manage the recovery process

· Drug testing for potential or existing employees in recovery

“Meaningful employment is an essential part of recovery as it provides structure, purpose, community, and financial self-sufficiency for individuals,” Svea Maxwell, associate director of the 317 board, said in a press release. “We are excited to offer these resources from BWC to local employers who are helping both businesses in the region and people recover.”

“We are excited to work with the Athens-Hocking-Vinton ADAMHS board of directors to bring this benefit to local employers,” said Bob Braun, regional business development manager for BWC. “Our goal is to provide employers with tools that their employees can use to effectively deal with substance use problems in the workplace. Substance use worsened during the pandemic. Delivering these resources creates healthier, safer and more inclusive workplaces. “

Participating companies and their employees also have access to Better You, Better Ohio! ® from BWC, a free health and wellness benefit that promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Interested employers can learn more about the Substance Use Restoration and Workplace Safety Program by registering online on the BWC website at

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