Granite United Way Selected to Support Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative Statewide
Governor Chris Sununu, the Department of Business and Economic Affairs and Community Development Finance Authority are pleased to announce Granite United Way has been selected to support the Governor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative. The organization’s proven record collaborating with, connecting and bringing value to nonprofit service providers, businesses and their workforce will enable the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative to continue to successfully grow its impact statewide and beyond. Nearly 70 New Hampshire businesses are currently designated or in the process of being designated as a Recovery Friendly Workplace.
Led by Governor Chris Sununu, New Hampshire's Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative encourages an environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction. Shannon Bresaw, MSW, Vice President of Public Health at Granite United Way, will serve as the part-time Program Director to lead the effort. Ms. Bresaw’s significant experience in the public health field, including addiction and behavioral health, as well as her leadership in successfully designing, managing and scaling impactful programming statewide will be a great asset to the Initiative. 
As Program Director, Ms. Bresaw will work closely with key stakeholders to support and strengthen the statewide strategy for the Initiative, as well as oversee Recovery Friendly Advisors which will serve as resources to businesses and nonprofits engaged in this work.  
To learn more about the Initiative or becoming a Recovery Friendly Workplace, visit:
Grant Opportunity for Nonprofits to Support Businesses Designated Recovery Friendly
On behalf of the State, the Community Development Finance Authority has been allocated a one-time appropriation to administer grant funds to nonprofit organizations delivering recovery friendly workplace programs to businesses. Recovery friendly workplace programs include programs that:
  • Educate employers in evidence-based practices that demonstrably reduce substance misuse in the workplace;
  • Create work environments that are conducive to enabling persons in addiction and mental health recovery to sustain and re-enter the workforce as productive members of society;
  • Train employees, including specialized training for human resources personnel, on these matters;
  • Raise public awareness and provide information that supports health and safety for employees; and
  • Promote active community engagement that will assist in reducing the negative impact of unaddressed substance misuse and untreated mental health.

On January 4, 2019, CDFA hosted an application writing workshop for organizations interested in applying for grant funds to support Recovery Friendly Workplace programming. The Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative Grant Program application is currently available on CDFA’s Grants Management System (GMS). All relevant grant program resources can be found on CDFA’s website under “CDFA Applicant Resources.” These resources include the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative Grant Program Application and Program Guide, which provides information on program objectives and guidelines, funding eligibility, and the application process. 
To begin an application visit The deadline to submit a final application is Monday, February 4, 2019 by 4:00PM. Please contact CDFA with any questions at 603-226-2170.  
About the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative
Led by Governor Chris Sununu and launched in March 2018, the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative promotes individual wellness for Granite Staters by empowering workplaces to provide support for people recovering from substance use disorder. With the right training and resources, workplaces can prevent substance misuse and support their employees' recovery. Designated Recovery Friendly Workplaces will:
  • Demonstrate a commitment to creating a recovery friendly environment.
  • Promote a culture that reduces the stereotypes associated with substance use disorder.
  • Enhance workplace safety while improving productivity and profitability by addressing behavioral health issues head-on.

Recovery Friendly Workplaces encourage an environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction.

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