Access to high quality evidence-based treatment and recovery services is one of the largest barriers to remission of OUD. In this meeting, Katie Marks, PhD, Project Director for the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE), will educate employers on the key components of evidence-based treatment and recovery services and learn what gaps current exist in their availability and utilization. Cohort participants will explore what benefits should be made available to their employees to ensure that they are receiving the individualized care necessary for remission of OUD, including Mediation for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), psychological counseling, and all levels of the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM)’s continuum of care. In addition to the availability of these services, employers will learn what barriers can exist in the health plan structure to deter their use, including cost-sharing, prior authorization, and coverage limitations.
Diana Han, MD, Medical Director for GE Appliances, a Haier company, will share how her organization has taken strides to drive access and utilization of evidence-based, high quality addiction treatment. After the presentation, Dr. Han will guide an interactive discussion on what employers can do to take similar actions.
In the third and final cohort meeting, employers will dive deep into the issues of workplace culture and stigma around opioid use. Workplace policies serve as the foundation for how an employer handles any substance-related workplace incident. Thoughtful and targeted construction of these policies can help ensure a fair, consistent, and recovery-friendly approach to assisting employees facing substance-related challenges and promoting workplace safety and productivity. This discussion will examine how employers can modify their workplace policies to accomplish these goals. As with any workplace intervention, there are certain legal issues that employers must consider. Although these issues will require additional guidance from legal counsel when being implemented in the workplace, this meeting’s discussion will give an overview of what topics and laws employers should be informed of.
St. Louis based manufacturing company, Belden, will present on its Pathways to Employment Program and how their policies have changed to gain and retain employees while supporting them on their path to recovery. After the presentation, the group will participate in an interactive discussion about what employers can do to take similar actions.