Start Talking! is an effort initiated by Governor John Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich in January 2014 aimed at preventing drug abuse among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children.
Recognizing the need to help Ohio businesses address substance abuse and addiction in the workplace and protect their most valuable assets – their employees – the Kasich Administration expanded the Start Talking! initiative in 2015 to include business. Start Talking! BIZ (Business Impact Zone) promotes drug-free workplaces and workforce readiness by offering a collection of FREE tools and resources specifically designed to keep employers informed, arm management teams and provide materials to motivate workforces.
Working Partners® served as a strategic partner on the initiative, creating a set of tools specifically designed to help employers be a part of the solution to the substance abuse epidemic and protect their bottom lines. The toolkit included videos, PowerPoint presentations and free Start Talking! BIZ tips — bi-weekly tips designed to help employers stay on top of current drug trends, stimulate conversations with employees about drug-free workplaces and assist employees who need help for an alcohol or other drug problem.
Learn more about Start Talking! and Start Talking! BIZ.