• Able-Minded: Return to Work and Accommodations for Workers on Disability Leave for Mental Disorders

      Attridge, Mark; Wallace, Scott, Ph.D. (Human Solutions, 2010-07)
      The 2010 report brings the most current and empirically validated perspectives to this very important issue. Mental health disability is the fastest growing health-related disability in Canada, and has claimed this title for over 20 years. These cases can be complex but typically respond well to appropriate treatment, coordinated stakeholder actions, and employer and organization support. Our hope is that this report will assist employers by illuminating the many advances in this area in recent years, and help organizations to be proactive and/or respond effectively when the need arises.
    • The Case for Integrating Treatment of Tobacco Use Disorder in the Treatment of Other Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

      Wrich, James T.; Macmaster, David (2018-11-01)
      The reduction in the rate of tobacco use in the USA has been dramatic. Having fallen from 42% of the adult population in 1964 to 18% by 20142 and down to 14% in 20173 it is one of the most significant public health achievements since population-wide vaccination programs. However, due to population growth, there are as many Americans dying from tobacco now as in 1964. Currently more than 540,000 US citizens die from tobacco related causes a year.4 In 2010, when the tobacco mortality estimate was 435,000 it was estimated that roughly 200,0005 suffered from other substance use and mental disorders6, a conservative number today considering the increased number of annual deaths.
    • Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP): How to Help

      Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP) (2020-05-15)
      This video, created by the Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP) provides a brief overview of how coworkers and family members can be supportive to individuals who might be struggling with alcohol or other drug use. Information about the well-known, FADAP peer assistance program, is summarized.
    • Following the pathways to substance use treatment: A five-year project will examine how consumers use managed behavioral health and EAP services

      McCann, Bernard A.; Hiatt, Deirdre; Merrick, Elizabeth S. Levy (2008-01)
      Substance abuse negatively impacts public safety, reduces workers’ productivity, and contributes to higher healthcare costs, premature death, and disability for millions of Americans. In fact, substance use disorders are among the most common medical conditions. Although clinical advances in recent decades have increased the availability of effective treatments for substance use disorders, these treatments persistently are underutilized. Reducing the impact of substance abuse on rising healthcare costs and worker productivity is particularly relevant to employers, as most substance users and most of those with substance use disorders are employed. Furthermore, a majority of the nonelderly population (60%) is enrolled in employer-paid insurance plans. Employees and their dependents in such plans often have multiple pathways to specialty substance abuse and other behavioral health treatments, including managed behavioral healthcare (MBHC) carve-out plans, employee assistance programs (EAPs) and, in some cases, “integrated” products that combine features of both product types. To facilitate treatment access and engagement for those with substance use disorders, understanding the treatment pathways individuals utilize is critical.
    • Hidden Hazards: The Business Response to Addictions in the Workplace

      Attridge, Mark; Wallace, Scott, Ph.D. (Human Solutions, 2009-07)
      The 2009 annual report tackles some of the myths and long-held beliefs about addictions and their impact on workplaces across Canada. We distill the key findings concerning addictions and present these in a manner that can lead to a clear understanding of the issues for HR/Benefits practitioners and other business leaders interested in contributing to building a healthy and safe workplace. In the tradition of previous reports, we review numerous empirical studies with an emphasis on Canadian data when available. We offer this report to our customers and other key stakeholders in an effort to bring the most current and empirically validated perspectives to this very important issue. Our hope is that this report will assist you by summarizing key elements on addictions which may prompt you to take action such as creating or updating a substance use policy, initiating an awareness campaign at all levels of your organization, or providing information about available support services.
    • Innovations stemming the rising tide of substance use disorders

      Oss, Monica E. (Open Minds, 2021-10-04)
      This briefing from Open Minds focuses on the need for integrated mental health and substance use services with increased individual attention on treatment and recovery needs and a greater focus on outcomes of care. As treatment needs are assessed and considered, Oss (author) writes about challenges to addiction treatment including health disparities, gaps in continuum of care models, and ability to successfully leverage knowledge and technology. Examples of innovative thinking for integrated treatment supporting workplace behavioral health as well are discussed.
    • The Quiet Crisis of Employee Mental Health in Canada: How Employers Can Create a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

      Attridge, Mark; Thompson, Craig, M.Ed., M.B.A. (2008-09-25)
      This presentation summarizes a new research literature review study of mental health issues in the Canadian workplace. Major points of the presentation include: 1) what prompted the study; 2) key findings of the study and ; 3) what plan sponsors and providers can and should be doing to mitigate the challenges that mental health brings to the workplace.
    • The Results of a Traditional Alcohol Intervention Approach with Alcohol Abusers in a Heavy Industry Setting in Russia

      Burgess, Kenneth M.; Lennox, Richard; Sharar, David A., 1961-; Shtoulman, Alexander (Taylor & Francis, 2015-03-15)
      Motivating alcohol abusers to enter treatment, comply with recommendations, and make significant changes in their behavior is no easy task. In the West, professionals learned the importance of motivation early on, and they learned it first from those recovering in Alcoholics Anonymous. Early occupational alcoholism programs used job performance and disciplinary steps to motivate problem drinkers to take action. The threat of job loss proved significant in breaking through denial and in motivating clients to begin a recovery process. This approach was incorporated into the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and EAP professionals have used job performance and disciplinary steps to motivate those with many types of personal issues. In the Russian Federation, no such history exists. This workplace-based alcohol intervention program is a first for Russia, and it uses the work performance approach successfully deployed in the West for many decades.
    • Seniors and Addiction Treatment - Building the Bridge

      Oss, Monica E. (Open Minds, 2022-01-24)
      Daily briefing from Open Minds on scope of problems with opioid use among older adults and treatment options. The author discusses views on opioid use for pain management and impact on both life expectancy, quality of life and healthcare delivery systems.
    • Substance Misuse and the Workplace: Emerging Trends and Innovative Solutions (1/26/22)

      McNutt, Bryan R.; Cagney, Tamara; McGinn, Calvin; Wallace, Heidi (2022-01-26)
      Many complex disruptions and changes have emerged within the world of work during the COVID pandemic, including the expansion and normalization of remote work, multifaceted workplace safety considerations, and reimagining how to support mental health needs of a diversifying workforce. There are also rapidly changing trends of substance misuse and how substance misuse converges with the workplace. This presents new challenges for employee assistance practitioners who provide assessment and treatment interventions for employees in need and provide support for managers and leaders who are navigating these complex organizational challenges. The presenters discuss emerging and difficult trends of employee-related substance misuse in the context of workplace environments. Attendees are encouraged to think deeply about how prepared they are to provide assessment and intervention support for complex situations of employee-related substance misuse, address workplace-related stress associated with politically-oriented topics respectfully, and constructively navigate cultural aspects inherent within such conflict.