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Bill to address substance use disorder in the workplace filed in the Kentucky State Senate

The Metro Chamber of Commerce,Greater Louisville Inc., is backing the bill which would help employers hire and keep employees with substance abuse disorders.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Greater Louisville Inc. is backing a bill aimed at helping Kentucky employers hire and retain employees with substance use disorders. 

Senate Bill 173, sponsored by Senator Matt Castlen (R-Owensboro), will support businesses that wish to develop employer-facilitated drug treatment programs for employees struggling with substance use disorders.

“At GLI, we recognize recovery is a life-long commitment. But to help improve outcomes, we need to make sure that individuals have opportunities to keep a job and earn a paycheck, which will help them pursue a more promising path to recovery. With this legislation, we want to empower employers to play a proactive role in this process,” said GLI President & CEO Sarah Davasher-Wisdom.

GLI says that members of their team studied legislation passed by Indiana that provides employers with liability protection and support if they choose to implement drug-treatment policies to help their employees find the help that they need.

GLI believes the legislation filed by Senator Castlen today will take a similar approach to Indiana’s law and will equip Kentucky employers with the tools they need to address substance use disorders and workforce challenges.

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