become a  caring workplace

In 2020, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), there were 12,744 Tennesseans admitted to drug and alcohol treatment facilities. By becoming a Caring Workplace, you are creating a work environment focused on the overall health and well-being of your workforce and their families. Statistics show that approximately 70% of individuals with addiction and or substance use disorders are in the workforce. By joining us and becoming a Caring Workplace you will be provided trainings and other necessary resources at no cost to you, which will help your company recruit and retain healthier, more productive and motivated employees.

There is no cost associated with the various introductory trainings or to become a Caring Workplace.

becoming a caring workplaces participant

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  • Employers submit a "Letter of Interest" to learn more about the Caring Workplaces Initiative. This will express your organization's or business's desire to learn more about our initiative. Our representative will meet with you and help walk you through the process and criteria while keeping in mind what is best for your organization's individual needs. 

  • Employers will meet with a Caring Workplaces Advisor and receive an orientation and sign "Letter of Intent".

  • Employers will make a written declaration to employees stating their workplace's commitment to Caring Workplaces principles and its participation in this initiative.

  • Employers become a Caring Workplaces participant.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    becoming a certified caring workplace 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  Once completed, the business will be placed on our Caring Workplaces website as a participant.

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To be completed within one year of Caring Workplaces designation with assistance from the Caring Workplaces Advisor and resources.

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  • Employer agrees to have an alcohol, tobacco and drug policy review provided by an expert in best practices and is receptive to making suggested revisions.

  • Employer ensures that all identified management personnel receive education on existing alcohol, and drug policies upon hire and are trained annually thereafter. 

  • A copy of the employers "Declaration Statement" and a brief description explaining what a "Caring Workplace" entails, will be included in the onboarding process for all new hires.

  • Identified management personnel will within the first year, complete Team Awareness supervisors training and each year thereafter receive an additional training on substance misuse, behavioral health and or addiction topics.

  • Employees will be trained annually on a topic regarding substance misuse, behavioral health and or addiction.

  • Employer will connect employees with resources and local organizations that promote health, well-being and recovery as provided by the Caring Workplaces Advisor as identified.

Upon completion of the above requirements, the employer will be officially certified as a “Caring Workplace” and will be recognized through various press release and press events throughout the year. They will also be featured on the “Certified Caring Workplaces” page of the website and their logo will be prominently displayed throughout the website. They will receive a certificate and a “Caring Workplaces” logo cling to place in their business’ window so that they may proudly be identified within their community a Caring Workplace.

     becoming a gold certified caring workplace

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  • Develop Caring Workplaces taskforce or incorporate this focus into an existing health and wellness or safety committee(s).  

  •  Participate in at least one community based prevention or recovery focused activity annually.      

  • Work with Caring Workplaces Advisor to determine additional trainings for supervisors and    employees that would most benefit your business and have supervisors and employees attend.  

  • Agree to post any job openings on the Jobs4TN website and hire people from within the recovery and or justice involved pipeline.

  • Agree to accompany Caring Workplaces Advisor on speaking engagements to promote the Caring Workplaces Initiative in an effort to recruit additional employers by sharing your success stories and personal experiences as a certified Caring Workplace.  

  • As a Caring Workplaces employer, be willing to sit on a quarterly panel with other Caring Workplaces employers to give feedback and discuss along with the Caring Workplaces Advisor, what works and how to improve the initiative.

Upon completion of the above requirements, the employer will be officially certified as a “Caring Workplace” and will be recognized through various press release and press events throughout the year. They will also be featured on the “Certified Caring Workplaces” page of the website and their logo will be prominently displayed throughout the website. They will receive a certificate and a “Caring Workplaces” logo cling to place in their business’ window so that they may proudly be identified within their community a Caring Workplace.

Upon completion of either the entire evidence based Team Awareness training or 3 or more of the requirements listed below, your business will receive the highest level of certification possible.   By doing so, this clearly demonstrates your company’s dedication to creating, maintaining and fostering a “Caring Workplaces” culture. The GOLD CERTIFICATION  benefits your current employees, potential employees and the community at large.

  • Complete all 7 modules of Team Awareness training.

   OR upon completion of any 3 or more of the requirements listed below.