Increase availability and access to addiction support services, resources and care and prevent the development of substance abuse and addiction among occupants.
Programs that seek to prevent substance abuse as well as policies that support individuals in accessing help and treatment are key strategies to help mitigate the health risks and social costs of alcohol and substance use and abuse.
Promote Substance Abuse Prevention and Education (1 point)
The following requirement is met:
A policy is in place regarding the use of alcohol and drugs on-site and is clearly communicated to all employees.
All employees receive education addressing substance use and addiction, focused on increasing awareness of the following:
Management of personal substance use, covering, at minimum:
- Healthy substance use habits.
- Risks and signs of dependency or addiction.
- Short- and long-term health and productivity hazards of excessive substance use.
Prescription opioid education, covering, at minimum:
- Questions to ask at point of prescribing.
- Safe use (e.g., storage, disposal, driving while using).
- Signs of dependency or addiction.
How to appropriately respond to a peer struggling with substance use, covering, at minimum:
- How to support a peer's recovery efforts.
- What to do in the case of a substance use emergency (e.g., withdrawal, overdose).
Note: Education must be culturally appropriate and literacy level appropriate. Education can come in the form of trainings, brochures, videos, posters, pamphlets, newsletters and/or other written or online information.
If the requirements of Part 1: Promote Substance Abuse Prevention are met through the provision of educational materials, then these can be counted toward Part 2: Promote Health and Wellness Education in Feature C01: Health and Wellness Awareness.
For WELL Core and MFR Certification, projects must make education available to all tenants.
Provide Access to Substance Use Services (2 points)
Substance use and addiction support services are made available to all eligible employees at no cost or subsidized by at least 50%, including the following:
Ability to use sick time or take leave for substance use and addiction treatment or needs.
Materials or information for accessing substance use and addiction services and community resources, including clear information provided to employees about their benefits coverage and how to access care services. Resources must be made available to all employees in a confidential manner that can be independently accessed (e.g., via a health portal or employee website) so as to ease accessibility and minimize stress or fear of stigma in seeking information.
Insurance or employee assistance plans offering coverage for at least five of the services below:
- Confidential substance abuse screening and resource referral.
- Brief interventions (e.g., brief therapies).
- Outpatient and inpatient treatment.
- Medication-assisted treatment (e.g., methadone treatment).
- Peer support groups.
- Counseling services (e.g., behavioral therapies).
- Follow-up services during treatment and recovery.
Commitment to mental health parity, including substance use and addiction services.
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