The Working Partners® Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative (DFWCI) was a public-private partnership between the State of Ohio and Working Partners® created to respond to the concerns of businesses and address the economic threat of substance misuse by employees and job seekers in our state. The goal of the Initiative was to build healthier, stronger, more productive workforces and workplaces based on local needs and, in turn, build a healthier, stronger, more economically-sound Ohio by:
- Bringing together key stakeholders and employers in 17 communities throughout the state (representing close to 10% of the state’s population) to assess local challenges and resources and implement strategies to develop a job-ready workforce of drug-free individuals to serve employers’ needs now and in the future.
- Assessing the perceptions, attitudes, knowledge and practices of businesses and community leaders as they relate to preventing and addressing the harmful use of substances in the workplace and workforce.
- Working with employers to equip them with education, technical assistance and tools needed to prevent and respond to workplace substance abuse in a productive, legally-sound and meaningful way.
- Providing regular communications to leadership (local, state and national) to keep them apprised of all substance abuse issues and legislation that affect the workplace.