Wellness & Well-being Highlights
Week of January 15, 2023
This week’s edition of our Worker Wellness & Well-being blog consists of topics from the importance of social bonding to youth obesity to how PTSD impacts different portions of our population. Today, I wish to highlight the story on Recovery Friendly Workplaces (RFW). It is no secret that businesses across our region have been concerned about the shortage of workers. RFW is a program that addresses the need to SAFELY bring those workers who are in supervised treatment for OUD/SUD back into the workforce. As noted therein, a former Mizzou economics professor reported that Missouri has approximately 29000 workers who fit this category…of which ~3800 of those are construction workers! It is important to remember that OUD/SUD is now considered a disease not unlike diabetes. As such, businesses should consult their legal teams concerning how they can assist workers safely return to their shops, job sites and/or offices when adhering to the American with Disabilities Act and Mental Health Parity Act.
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