Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a recovery friendly workplace?

A recovery friendly workplace (RFW) is a business that chooses to go above and beyond for its employees by creating a workplace culture that supports people in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), as well as those impacted by substance misuse.

How much does it cost to become a recovery friendly workplace?

There is no cost for a business or organization to become a designated RFW. The resources and assistance provided by United Way of Missoula County, SUD workplace advisory council, and recovery friendly advisers (RFA's) are provided at no cost. Services will include support and guidance throughout the entire process.

How long does it take to get designated by United Way of Missoula County?

Businesses and organizations will receive the RFW designation after completing the 1st 3 items on the checklist? the checklist was created  To provide a simple, straightforward process for businesses of all sizes to become designated as recovery friendly. It includes a list of required components that must be completed initially and within a one year time frame. In addition, the checklist includes other optional steps that are recommended, but not required.

What is a recovery friendly adviser?

Recovery friendly advisers RFA's are United Way of Missoula County SUDC staff and Missoula jobs service employees, whose role is to be resourced to businesses and organizations that wish to become designated as recovery friendly.

What does recovery friendly mean?

When a recovery friendly environment is created, people in recovery and those impacted by SUD's can thrive. A recovery friendly workplace shines a light on employee health, wellness, and safety, and demonstrates commitment to reducing the stigma often associated with addiction.

What are the benefits of becoming a recovery friendly workplace?

There are over 87,000 people in recovery in Montana (2019). By becoming a recovery friendly workplace, you are supporting your employees and creating a healthier environment for them, but also showing customers and community members that your business is a proactive, valued community partner. In addition, workplaces that implement evidence based health and safety policies and programs recruit and retain a healthier, more productive, and more motivated workforce.

What is the advisory council?

The SUD workplace advisory council is a group of diverse business leaders who help shape this initiative and continue to provide guidance and support to promote recovery friendly workplaces.

What additional resources are available?

Workplaces of all sizes and readiness levels will benefit from participation in this initiative. Resources will be customized to meet the diverse needs of Montana workplaces. Resources will include tool kits, materials, training, and support for supervisors, safety policies, and programs connected to the most current prevention, treatment, and recovery related resources to best support their employees. Visit for all the latest information.

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