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The first priority for us at the Wellness Council and the Indiana Chamber is the safety of our employees, members and investors. As we adjust to the impact of COVID-19 and look to our upcoming Indiana Workforce Recovery programs, we have decided to conduct this April 27 Employer Opioid Strategy Session virtually using Zoom.

Please note that we have combined the April 7 Downtown Indianapolis and April 8 Wayne County Employer Opioid Strategy Sessions into one virtual meeting on April 7. Registrants for the April 8 event may attend any of the strategy sessions that have been moved to a virtual format.

This virtual April 27 event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET and will feature the same sessions listed on the original event agenda except for naloxone training.

How to join this virtual meeting:

The Zoom meeting ID for this event is: 898 054 356

Zoom Information:

A slide presentation will accompany each session as our speakers present. Attendees may join the virtual Zoom event via computer or the Zoom app to view the presentation. Audio for the event is available via computer or via phone. Attendees that plan to join by computer may use either computer or phone audio. Attendees will not need to join the event using video/webcam technology.

Virtual Event Agenda (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET)

I. Opening Speakers

II. Prevent, Assist, Retain – Mike Thibideau, Director, Indiana Workforce Recovery

III. Legal Guidance on Developing A Drug-Free Workplace – Ryan Poor, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

IV. Innovation at Work Panel Discussion – Moderated by Mike Thibideau, Panelists from Belden and Centerstone

V. Conclude

Data shows that the workplace is the most powerful and effective environment for directing individuals to assistance, and every business has a desire to retain and assist valuable talent. With over 200,000 Hoosiers suffering from substance use disorder currently employed and over 800,000 Hoosiers struggling with illicit drug use, employers must be equipped to manage the impact substance misuse has on their present and potential talent.

This event will provide employers with a base level of technical knowledge and resources to manage the immediate impact of substance misuse on their current and future workforce.

This is a continuation of the popular event series from 2019, which saw over 600 business participants attend events around the state, 95% of whom would recommend this program to another colleague/employee at their organization, and ranked the program at a 4.5 out of five in overall quality.

The knowledge, experience and resources gained in this session will help employers address the full spectrum of substance misuse issues from recreational marijuana or alcohol abuse to severe opioid use disorder.

As a participant in this event series you will receive:

  • Strategies for intervention, assistance and retention
  • Legal guidance for navigating regulations including: ADA, FMLA, and Indiana Substance Use Treatment Law
  • Best practices for effective partnership with regional treatment and recovery supports
  • Real life examples of success and empathy exercises
  • Complimentary prescription disposal kits for your workplace (up to 600)
  • Resources and links to evidence-based ongoing education and content

If you any questions about the event please contact Erin Klaus-Morse at [email protected] or (317) 919-6462.

The Wellness Council of Indiana and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s top priority is the safety of its employees, members, investors and other partners/guests. We continue to monitor the impacts of the coronavirus, using the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Indiana State Department of Health in regard to any potential changes in workplace procedures or events/programs. There is a large volume of information being circulated about the coronavirus from a wide variety of sources. We encourage all organizations to use the guidance from these government agencies as the trusted resource for individual business decisions.

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

ISDH: https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm