FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2021
Contact: Sarah Farmer, AHP
Contact: Linda Wolf, AHP
U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh to Speak at Virtual Symposium About the Critical Need to Focus on Employment for People in Addiction Recovery
Massachusetts Access to Recovery Hosts National Event in Honor of Recovery Month
SUDBURY, Mass. — The national virtual symposium Working Recovery: Why Employment is Pivotal to Sustained Addiction Recovery will be held September 14, 2021, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET., with U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh opening the day as keynote speaker.
About 22 million Americans are in recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs), and those in early recovery need the tools and support to maintain recovery and move forward with their lives. A vital key to moving forward is employment in a quality job that provides a future and a living wage. Employment is not just an option; it is crucial to recovery success. In honor of National Recovery Month, this symposium will highlight programs and organizations that are effectively implementing customized employment services for people with SUDs and thereby decreasing overdoses and increasing recovery success.
People in early recovery can and do thrive when given the opportunity to work or receive job training. World-renowned experts will explain why and how at this cutting-edge event.
The symposium will bring together innovative ideas, speakers and information not available on any other platform. This is a complimentary event that requires only pre-registration. Registration is at https://attendify.co/w9HxJaA.
The symposium will include such sessions as:
- Answering the Why: What Does the Research Say About the Importance of Employment to Recovery?
- Banding Together: Cross-Systems Collaboration Is Key
- Rally Employers: Now Is the Time to Advance “Recovery-Ready Workplaces”
- What We Do and How We Do It: A Groundbreaking Approach—the ATR Model for Customized Employment Supports for People with SUDs
- Call to Action: Next Steps to Carry Us Forward
The event is open to anyone with an interest in SUDs, addiction recovery, employment strategies for some of the most challenged and vulnerable in our society, workforce development and customization of job training programs for optimal success with this population.
This virtual symposium, WORKING RECOVERY, is sponsored by Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR), a project of Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.
Massachusetts Access to Recovery (ATR) is a 6-month program for individuals who have a substance use disorder and are seeking to change their lives and remain in recovery. The ATR program provides many options for recovery support services and works to build recovery systems of care. The program is managed by AHP.
For more than 35 years, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) has worked passionately to improve health systems and business operations through research and evaluation, training and technical assistance and professional consulting to help organizations and individuals reach their full potential.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) oversees the statewide system of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support services for individuals, families and communities affected by gambling and substance addiction.