Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues

Josephine F. Wilson, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director

Consumer Advocacy Model Serving Agencies

In addition to its consumer services CAM is a provider of the Drug Free Workplace Program for Ohio Employers (DFWP). Supported by the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation, DWFP is designed to help employers deter, detect and take corrective action related to substance use that affects workplace safety.

The Drug Free Workplace Program consists of five basic elements:

  • A Written Substance Abuse Policy,
  • Employee Education,
  • Supervisor Training,
  • Employee Assistance, and
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing.

To satisfy these five elements, CAM can provide a trained educator to conduct employee and supervisory training. The process of training employees and supervisors consists of the following components: education on the disease model of alcohol and other drug abuse; signs and symptoms of substance use and misuse; and effects of commonly used drugs in the workplace. Community resource information is also provided to support employees and families who additional information.

CAM also can provide Trainer Education, a service which allows for key personnel at a worksite to be educated on the Drug Free Workplace Program. This service provides key personnel with the components necessary for training their own workforce. The trained personnel would be required to undergo continual education annually to maintain this trained status.

Requirements for Drug Free Workplace

The Consumer Advocacy Model adheres to the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation Drug Free Workplace Program Guidelines:

  • Supervisors must have four (4) hours of training related to drug/alcohol abuse as outlined by the BWC.
  • BWC requires two (2) hours of educational training for all employees per their guidelines: The BWC required educational training portion for employees must be two (2) hours in length. This requirement includes supervisors, which means initially in the first year of the BWC program, supervisors must obtain a total of six (6) hours of training.
  • All new applicants who are hired must have the initial two (2) hours of training within four (4) weeks of being hired: Once your current supervisors and employees are trained, you still will have to train all new applicants that are hired after the initial training is completed. According to the BWC guidelines, all new employees must be provided the two (2) hour educational portion of the BWC training within four (4) weeks of the hiring date.
  • Every year all employees must recieve two (2) hours of annual training. This requirement includes supervisors and all other employees. Every year there is a required two (2) hour session for supervisors and a required two (2) hour session for all employees including supervisors. This brings the total annual training requirement for supervisors to four (4) hours.
  • All companies must formulate a company BWC Drug Free Workplace written policy and operational procedures. Any company who decides to participate in the BWC DFWP must formulate a written policy outlining the components of this program, distribute the policy to all employees and provide an explaination of the policy to all employees.
  • An employer is responsible for developing drug and alcohol testing that is intended to detect and deter substance abuse in the workplace. Put into place a testing program that includes a minimum of these four categories of testing:
    -Pre-employement and/or new hire
    -Reasonable suspicion
    -Post accident
    -Follow-up to assessment or treatment testing
  • All companies must implement an employee assistance plan. A plan of action and designated appropriate resources to assist employees who:
    -Seek help on their own for an alcohol or drug problem
    -Are referred by management for a possible problem with drugs or alcohol
    -Have a positive alcohol or drug test
  • All companies must implement the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation 10-Step Business Plan While not mandatory for employers approved for level 1, to be eligible for a discount in a level 2 program, and employer must implement the first five steps of BWC's 10-Step Business Plan during its first year at Level 2. An employer at Level 3 must complete all components of the 10-Step Business Plan during its first year at Level 3 to be eligible for the discount.