Mountain Top Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative
Supporting Partners: Mountain Top Cares Coalition (MCC),
Columbia Greene Workforce NY,
Huntersfield Peer Recovery Services
When a company hires a worker in recovery, they are hiring someone who has begun a process of change by improving their health and wellness and striving to reach their full potential. Like all potential employees, a worker in recovery has obstacles to overcome. The difference is they have made the decision to be open and honest about their issues. Due to the stigma associated with substance use disorders, many employees are fearful of employers knowing about their past usage and the consequences that followed. This “way of doing business” can be unhealthy for the person in recovery and costly for the employer. The Governor of New Hampshire recently created a statewide RFW initiative involving all levels of government and support services. Their experience and the experience of others who have implemented a RFW has been that creating an environment in a business where recovery is supported, promoted and even celebrated can lead to a healthier, more motivated and more productive workforce through the delivery of evidence based health programs, policies and practices.Our Goal
To link members of our community who are in active recovery from substance use disorders with employers who are looking to fill positions with dynamic, motivated individuals.
Substance abuse among employees and their family members can be costly to a business by way of absenteeism, decreased productivity, theft, low employee morale, injuries, increased health care, legal liabilities and workers' compensation costs. Many individuals and families face a host of difficulties closely associated with addiction. These problems quite often negatively impact the workplace. On the other hand, the right work setting can help to create an atmosphere that promotes health and wellness. By encouraging and supporting active recovery, employers can dramatically assist in reducing the negative impact of alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace, while also reducing their costs.
Our end goal is dignity for workers and profit for business.
Recovery Friendly Workplaces support their communities by recognizing recovery from substance use disorder as a strength and by being willing to work intentionally with people in recovery. RFW's encourage a healthy and safe environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction.
MCC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Specific information concerning the programs and activities for which contributions are solicited are available upon request, as are our legal and financial fillings. Please contact us at: Mountain Top Cares Coalition Inc., PO Box 895, Windham, NY 12496. Alternatively, this information may be obtained from the NYS Charities Bureau (www.charitiesnys.com) or by calling (212)416-8686.