The Employer Pledge – Suggested Action Steps

Some suggested action steps include:

  • Initial Steps
  • Take the pledge.
  • Promote your participation of the Massachusetts C.A.R.E.S initiative on social media.
  • Make a declaration to employees of your commitment to recovery-friendly workplace principles and your participation in this initiative, and post the declaration where it is highly visible.
  • Review your current policies, benefits and employee communications regarding opioids use disorder to determine if you are using proper language, providing current information, and sending the appropriate message.
  • Risk Assessment
  • Use the self-assessment tool to determine your potential risk.
  • Work with your consultant/insurer/PBM/administrator to analyze Rx claims data to determine the current exposure (baseline) of controlled substance utilization and costs, and learn what you can do mitigate this exposure (as appropriate).
  • Work with your consultant/insurer/PBM/administrator to analyze all medical/Rx claims data to assess the extent of substance abuse exposure overall.
  • Examine worker’s compensation claims to determine if there is more risk of opioid misuse after a serious injury, and learn about alternative forms of treatment that may be appropriate.
  • Benefit Analysis and Revision
  • Review your benefits (leave of absence, FMLA, sick time, health insurance, EAP Program) to determine the current level of benefits you are providing for those seeking treatment for opioid and other substance misuse disorders.
  • Review your benefit plans and determine whether there are unnecessary financial or other impediments to treatment or unintended limitations to access.
  • Determine if opioid misuse disorder is covered like other chronic conditions.
  • Review your Employer Assistance Plan to make sure it provides adequate assistance and resources for those with opioid misuse disorder. Consider more prominently displaying those benefits in materials.
  • Develop a Task Force within your organization or with other like-minded organizations to incorporate recovery-friendly policies into existing health, wellness or safety programs.
  • Upon hire and annually thereafter, ensure supervisors and managers receive education on the company’s alcohol, tobacco and drug policies and resources for guiding employees who seek assistance.
  • For those who drug test, ensure that you are screening for opioids in addition to other drugs.

 

  • Worksite Improvements
  • Feature a recovery-friendly story in your newsletter.
  • Use posters, social media or other communication channels to more prominently feature available benefits related to opioid misuse disorder.
  • Use neutral language that does not promote stigma when referring to opioid and other substance misuse disorders in both written and oral communications
  • Train staff on the use of naloxone/Narcan.
  • Have naloxone/Narcan available onsite.
  • Promote Massachusetts C.A.R.E.S initiative website as a resource for information on opioid misuse disorder
  • Community-based Solutions
  • Develop a Task Force within your organization or with other like-minded organizations to incorporate recovery-friendly policies into existing health, wellness or safety programs.
  • Work with like-minded employers to determine additional workplace policies and or training-related needs.
  • Participate in quarterly meetings with other employers in the initiative to share best practices and lessons learned
  • Establish connection with local recovery support organizations as a resource for employees.
  • Host an addiction-related support group (Alcoholics Anonymous, Substance Anonymous on your site for easy access and convenience for your employees.
  • Participate in a community-based prevention or recovery-focused activity annually.
  • Other innovation steps you can share with Mass. C.A.R.E.S. participating employers