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317 Board partners with Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to support people in recovery

UPDATED March 23, 2021: Find a recording of the March 23 Zoom information session at this link.


ATHENS, OHIO, March 1, 2021 – The Athens-Hocking-Vinton Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board (317 Board) has announced a new partnership with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) that will allow employers to be reimbursed for expenses related to workplace policy revisions and employee training on the topic of substance use.

The BWC Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program will cover expenses such as:

  • Development or review of an employer’s substance use policies, including a legal review

  • Trainings to teach employees about their workplace’s substance use policies

  • Trainings to enable supervisors to better manage employees in recovery

  • Drug testing for prospective or existing employees in recovery

“Meaningful employment is integral to recovery in the way that it provides individuals with structure, purpose, community, and financial self-sufficiency,” says Deputy Director of the 317 Board Svea Maxwell. “We are excited to offer these resources from the BWC to local employers, which will support both area business and people in recovery.”