Recovery Friendly Hamilton County
Why do Recovery Friendly Practices Matter?
They Help Fight the Stigma of Addiction & Recovery
23 million Americans are in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
23 million Americans who’ve gone head-to-head with their personal demons, their naysayers, and their brain’s own biology.
23 million Americans who’ve fought for their health, wellness, and the chance to reclaim the reins from addiction.
They’ve fought. They continue to fight. They win.
Recovering citizens are our friends, neighbors, family members and colleagues. They are resourceful, resilient, and ready for the challenges that lie ahead. Make them your next asset.
They Improve Your Bottom Line
Do you know the economic toll that substance misuse has on your workplace? This Substance Use Cost Calculator—presented by the National Safety Council—will help you determine the cost of unaddressed substance misuse in your workplace based on the size of your employee base, industry and state.
Recovery Friendly Hamilton County Workplaces
The following 15 workplaces were the first to receive Recovery Friendly Hamilton County designation. We thank them for their early partnership, which was instrumental to the development of this program.
Recovery Friendly Across the Nation
Recovery Friendly Hamilton County (RFHC) would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance of other recovery friendly workplace initiatives from across the country. The first recovery friendly workplace model—after which RFHC was designed—was created in 2018 by Governor Chris Sununu for the state of New Hampshire. Want to see how they got started? Check out the video below.
Our Biggest Supporters
We would like to thank our recovery friendly partners in New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Nevada. Follow the links below to learn more about their efforts.
Advantages of Joining:
We provide all our designees with free resources in the following areas. Our designees are encouraged to use as many (or few) of these resources as they wish according to the needs of their respective organizations.
Linkage To Care
24/7 linkage to care for your employees
Training resources to bolster your recovery friendly practices
Access to optional recruitment avenues
Free recognition for your workplace
Employment stability tools for your valuable personnel
Harm Reduction Supplies
Life saving supplies to enhance your workplace’s first-aid kit
Access to a recovery friendly workplace advocate
Policy & Protocol Resources
Policy and protocol examples from recover friendly employers
Cost Saving Connections
Reimbursement opportunities for adopting recovery friendly practices
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly does it mean to be in recovery?
According to SAMSHA, recovery is, “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” Everyone can relate to that!
What does it mean to be a “recovery friendly employer?”
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. Recovery Friendly Workplaces encourage a healthy and safe environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by substance use disorder.
Are we required to hire people in recovery?
No. chances are you already have hired out of the recovery population, and we don’t encourage that you ask people to self-identify in the application or interview process. This program is designed to honor recovery, combat stigma, and provide resource navigation to employees and their loved ones. However, we do offer optional recruitment avenues if you’re interested in hiring from a talent pool of amazing individuals in recovery.
Do we have to create new policies or change existing ones?
No. Though we are willing to offer you policy and protocol examples from progressive, recovery friendly employers, you are not required to make any changes to your existing policies.
How long does it take to become designated?
1-2 weeks. However, your recovery friendly coordinator will allow you as much time as you require to complete the onboarding process.
How much does it cost to join the initiative?
There is no cost to join the initiative, nor are there any annual fees.
What if our workplace serves alcohol?
Recovery is a frame of mind and a process of improving your physical, psychological and social well-being. Alcohol is an unavoidable element of our culture, and people recovering from substance use disorder have learned to successfully adapt to and overcome their triggers in a variety of ways. Many individuals in recovery—and those suffering from substance use disorder—work in the restaurant and entertainment industry where alcohol is commonplace. We would never want to exclude such workplaces from the services that we provide.
Signing up will initiate your enrollment in Recovery Friendly Hamilton County (RFHC). You will be contacted by a staff member who will walk you through our easy designation process. We understand that you’re busy— so we’re here to help you every step of the way and ensure that your time commitment is minimal. A staff member will walk you through the following requirements:
Submit a formal letter of intent to participate in the RFHC Program.
Where possible, your letter of intent should be written on company letterhead and signed by a member of senior management and/or human resources. Sample text can be downloaded below.
Make a written declaration to your employees indicating your participation in the RFHC program.
This usually takes the form of a company-wide email. Sample text can be downloaded below.
Undergo a brief orientation training with your RFHC Coordinator.
This training is designed for senior management and/or human resources and may be conducted virtually or on-site according to your needs.
Post the RFHC Resource List somewhere visible to your employees such as a common area, break room, or bulletin board accessible to all staff.
A digital version of our RFHC Resource List may also be provided to your employees.
Ensure supervisors and employees receive education on existing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug policies (ATOD) upon hire and on an annual basis thereafter. It is okay if you do not have these policies in place. While we encourage you to create them—and provide resources to assist—you are not required to do so. This task can be accomplished in a simple email.
Ensure supervisors and employees receive education on the RFHC program and its offerings upon hire and on an annual basis thereafter. This can be accomplished in a simple email update which we will assist you with.
Work with your RFHC Coordinator to submit a completed RFHC checklist. We will coordinate this for you. No need to set reminders.
You may request that your RFHC Coordinator provide a brief seminar for your employees concerning the resources provided through the program.
Create a taskforce to incorporate recovery friendly values into existing health/safety practices.
Participate in one community-based prevention or recovery focused activity annually. Your RFHC Coordinator will inform you about any upcoming events.
Work with your RFHC Coordinator to determine additional, customized workplace protocol and/or training related needs.
RFHC Sign-UpBy submitting this form, I am indicating that my workplace is ready to meet with a representative to discuss the designation process.
**The guidance & insights provided by our Recovery Friendly Workplace Advocate(s) are for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a legal or medical professional, or other competent adviser. We encourage our designees to consult with an Ohio licensed attorney for the purpose of resolving any workplace specific legal issues that may arise as a result of substance misuse.