The new program will assist employers in creating drug-free policies, Stute said, including helping employees seek treatment and second chance approaches.
“It will help with a road map,” she said.
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The system will also have to respond to employers needs to quickly help get employees help, Stute said.
“We’re trying to work with our side of things to figure out how we can be responsive to employers,” she said. “It’s really kind of a challenge for us.”
As part of the program, a free technical assistance course is being offered to five companies in the community, allowing them to create or refine a drug-free workplace policy. It will allow businesses to save time and money and create a system to retain and attract employees, she said.
The course will also cover drug trends impacting the workforce, legal issues like Ohio’s medical marijuana laws and best practices for operating a program.
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“It’s one of the benefits of this initiative,” Stute said. “The goal for us is to sustain this initiative. Hopefully it’s not the end, but just the beginning.”
The two-day course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Global Impact STEM Academy.
To apply or for more information, call Jennipher Brown at 937-322-0648. The registration deadline is Friday.
The initiative recently collected data from local businesses, Stute said.
The board is also collecting data from local community leaders on this issue. The deadline to participate in that survey is Friday. To participate, call the board office at 937-322-0648.
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