Project Connect for Substance Use in the Workplace

Project Connect from Recovery Centers of America
Administered by Local Peer Navigators from Recovery Centers of America

In response to the pressing problem of SUD in the workplace, Recovery Centers of America created Project Connect. Headed by Peer Navigators Todd Whitridge and Anna Du Puis, Project Connect is a service offered to employers to provide education, resources, and inspiration designed to keep your workforce healthy and productive at no extra cost.

Todd and Anna are in long-term recovery themselves, and previously worked in high-stress professional environments. On the basis of their lived experience and extensive training, they will confidentially work with your employees and their family members to educate them on addiction, inform them of treatment options, provide resources and peer support, as well as steer them toward healthy, productive lives in recovery.

Meet our Project Connect Peer Navigators

                              Todd Whitridge

                              Anna Du Puis

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A Solution Provided by RCA Project Connect

How does Project Connect work?

The process is effectively multi-tiered, but straightforward in practice. Once an employer and RCA begin working together, Todd and Anna will collaborate with your leadership team to design a customized approach which best suits your organization’s strategic priorities as well as the interests of your workforce. Their complimentary services include but are not limited to:

  • Information on addiction & mental health treatment options
  • Confidential phone support 7 days a week
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Risk-free assessments
  • Peer support
  • Navigation into an appropriate level of care

Once you are introduced to your Project Connect Peer Navigators, you will be provided with direct contact information, which you can use to contact them confidentially any time by phone, email or text. The Peer Navigators are experts in their field available to help you and your organization in the following ways:

 

  • To tell their stories, in person or online, which will connect your employees to a message of strength and hope
  • To conduct education sessions on SUD with executives, HR leaders, managers, and staff
  • To offer strategies on how to change the conversation with employees and reduce stigma
  • To provide information on treatment options and available resources
  • To act as an ongoing support for specific situations relating to employees or their family members
  • To allow all managers and employees continued access to them
  • To participate in the employee onboarding process, so that new hires are aware of their services
  • To make themselves available for company meetings, off-sites and other appropriate venues for ongoing awareness and education

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What are the benefits of the program?

By furnishing real community-based experts, with lived experience, who work alongside your team, Project Connect provides several benefits, including:

  • Improving bottom line performance via increased workforce productivity and reliability, to help counteract the costs listed above
  • Contributing to an employee culture wherein employee wellness is a priority
  • Assisting in navigating employee benefits
  • Creating the ability to engage in SUD, mental or behavioral health treatment options risk-free from an employment standpoint.

How is Project Connect different from Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)?

Project Connect is designed to work perfectly alongside your EAP. Most EAPs don’t currently offer peer support with lived experience, and peer support is the one tool that can help bridge the trust gap that prevents people from coming forward to ask for help. Todd and Anna have both been in similar situations as your employees, felt the same fears, harbored the same doubts, and have come through the other side to live happy, productive lives. And, since they are not paid by your organization and have no official contractual obligations to it, they are truly independent and thus can offer a felt sense of safety and confidentiality.

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Recovery Centers of America is here to help

Recovery Centers of America, a Joint Commission accredited and CARF ASAM Level of Care certified addiction treatment center, provides evidence-based inpatient addiction treatment services at two locations just outside of Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts. Located in Danvers, Massachusetts, just 25 miles outside of Boston, Recovery Centers of America at Danvers is ranked by Newsweek as the second top addiction treatment center in Massachusetts. Located in Northern Massachusetts, Recovery Centers of America at Westminster is a world-class facility, providing expert care delivered with dignity and compassion.

Project Connect Locations

Danvers, MA
Westminster, MA

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