Becoming a Recovery Friendly Workplace

There are over 60,000 people in recovery in NH. By becoming a Recovery Friendly Workplace, you are supporting your employees and creating a healthier environment for them. Your commitment shows customers and community members that your business is a proactive, valued community partner. Workplaces that implement evidence-based health and safety policies and programs recruit and retain a healthier, more productive, and more motivated workforce.

There is no cost associated with the various RFW introductory trainings or access to a Recovery Friendly Advisor (RFA).

Initial Required Components

  • Submit a Letter of Interest to learn more about the Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) Initiative. By submitting a Letter of Interest to the Governor's Office, you are simply expressing your organization's desire to learn more about the initiative. A representative will meet with you and help walk you through the process while keeping in mind what is best for your organization's individual needs. 

  • Ensure senior management and human resources personnel receive RFW orientation provided by the Regional Public Health Network.

  • Make a declaration to employees stating your workplace's commitment to RFW principles and its participation in this initiative. SAMPLE: "ABC Company is committed to creating a healthy, safe, and stigma-free work environment through our participation in the NH Governor's Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) Initiative. RFW's encourage environments where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction. In order to achieve a high level of employee health, safety, and productivity, we invite and encourage all employees to reach out for help and support."
  • Receive RFW designation by Governor Sununu.

Additional Required Components

To be completed within one year of RFW designation with assistance from the RFAs.

  • Provide employees with information and resources to promote health, well-being and recovery for themselves and their family members.

  • Establish connections with local recovery support organizations as a resource for employees.

  • Ensure supervisors receive education on existing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug policies (ATOD) upon hiring and on an annual basis thereafter.
  • Ensure supervisors and employees receive annual training and education on substance misuse, behavioral health and addiction.
  • Complete and submit RFW checklist and application with assistance from your Recovery Friendly Advisor (RFA).

Optional Components

  • Develop RFW Task Force or incorporate RFW focus into an existing health, wellness, or safety committee.
  • Participate in one community-based prevention or recovery focused activity annually.
  • Work with your RFA to determine additional, customized workplace policies and/or training related needs.


Designated Recovery Friendly Workplaces Will: 

  • Receive recognition from New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu

  • Receive a distinctive Recovery Friendly Workplace Sign for Display

  • Be advertised as a Recovery Friendly Workplace 

  • Enjoy continued access to a Recovery Friendly Advisor

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