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    November 21, 2022
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Free Virtual Workshop: Harm Reduction Strategies for the Workplace; Highlighting the crucial role that harm reduction strategies play in ensuring protection, safety, and job retention for employees in recovery.

    Together, the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB) and Wisconsin Health Literacy have partnered on an upcoming free virtual workshop called Harm Reduction Strategies for the Workplace scheduled for December 13th, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Harm reduction is an effective way to keep people safe and prevent overdose and death. Knowing how harm reduction works and how to implement it is a vital skill in keeping our workforce strong and our communities healthy.

    “Many people have misconceptions about addiction,” said Julia Norton, Program Manager with Wisconsin Health Literacy, “Our society has taught us to punish people for their drug and alcohol misuse, instead of giving people the space to tell us what their social and work needs are to be productive and healthy members of society.”

    The workshop highlights the crucial role that harm reduction strategies play in ensuring protection, safety, and job retention for employees in recovery. In this training you will learn what is harm reduction and what is not harm reduction. The webinar will also discuss the benefits of hiring employees who are in recovery, how to support employees in recovery, and the importance and proper use of Naloxone to prevent death.

    “Employees who obtain employment with what is called second chance employers have an opportunity to become strong and loyal team members,” said Scott Schultz, Director of Industry and Innovation with the NWWIB. “We hope that this program leads to more interest in employers becoming a second chance employer to both retain, and attract talent to their companies and organizations.”

    This free workshop is funded by the Support to Communities program, a partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and other workforce development boards in the state. Support to Communities assists those who are or have been affected by opioid misuse or other substance misuse either personally or through family and friends. Job training and support as well as recovery services and financial assistance is available to those who are enrolled in the program. Assistance is also available to individuals who are seeking to transition to professions that support individuals with a substance use disorder or occupations addressing opioid recovery efforts.

    For more information about the free workshop or the Support to Communities program, please contact Scott Schultz at 715-201-8493 or
    sschultz@nwwib.com. Registration for the workshop is online at: www.nwwib.com/events.

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    The NWWIB is one of eleven workforce development boards in the state of Wisconsin and is one of over 500 Workforce Boards in the U.S. The NWWIB is responsible for the oversight of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other training and employment initiatives in northwest Wisconsin, including the counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Price, Iron, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn. Through an extensive network of American Job Center partners, Northwest Wisconsin residents, businesses, and communities receive support to help local economies thrive.

     
    Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. If you have a disability and need assistance with this information, please call us through Wisconsin Relay Service (7-1-1) or at 800-947-3529. To request information in an alternate format, including language assistance or translation of the information, please contact us at (715)-685-1425.

    Contact:
    Melissa Rabska, Director of Operations & Communications
    mrabska@nwwib.com, 715-292-1550

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