The Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), announced last week that it has awarded around $1 million in grant funds to support five nonprofit organizations in delivering Recovery Friendly Workplace programming. Makin’ It Happen was one of five local nonprofits to be awarded funds to deliver Recovery Friendly Workplace programming.
Recovery Friendly Workplace programs include: educating employers in evidence-based practices that reduce substance misuse in the workplace, creating work environments that are conducive to enabling persons in addiction and mental health recovery, training employees including specialized training for human resources personnel, raising public awareness and providing information that supports health and safety for employees, and promoting active community engagement that will assist in reducing the negative impact of unaddressed substance misuse and untreated mental health.
To learn more about CDFA, its impact on New Hampshire communities, and available funding resources, visit www.nhcdfa.org.
.And to learn more about Governor Sununu’s Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative, visit: www.recoveryfriendlyworkplace.com.
This year Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week will be recognized on May 5th to May 11th! The week provides opportunities to celebrate with workshops, trainings, or community events in order to spread awareness.
Scholastic, Inc. along with the NH Department of Education, will be providing free day-long workshops on their Learning Supports Model throughout this week. There will also be opportunities throughout the state for Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings (YMHFA), which are free to participants and registration ends on April 26th.
There are many other community events and resources available for this week, to learn more about the opportunities and to get involved in spreading awareness click this link.
Today lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the HB481 bill at the State House. The House bill is to legalize cannabis for recreational use by adults in New Hampshire.
Many agencies attended to testify to legislators, while our own MIH empowerYouth! student Quincy Roy, and sophomore at Memorial High School in Manchester, came to testify against HB481. Quincy bravely provided the legislators with her perspective on why marijuana is harmful to youth based on her first-hand experience of seeing a friend go down the wrong path. Many others came to testify along with Roy including medical and public health professionals, representatives of the N.H. Chiefs of Police and State Police, and the chairman of the legislative committee.
The outcome of the vote in the senate remains unknown for now. To read more about the hearing and Quincy Roy’s testimony go to this link.
The NH Governor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) initiative is aimed at promoting individual wellness by creating work environments that further mental and physical well-being of employees, by proactively preventing substance misuse and supporting recovery from substance use disorders in the workplace and community.
With an estimated 60,000 NH residents in recovery from addiction, RFW was launched in 2018 to encourage healthy and safe working environments that support recovery, create positive change, and eliminate stigma. The benefits of participating include, getting connected to information, receiving support from Public Health Networks, retaining a healthier workforce, and receiving designation as a Recovery Friendly Workplace by Governor Sununu.
To learn more about becoming a Recovery Friendly Workplace visit http://recoveryfriendlyworkplace.com.
Join us for our next community meeting on marijuana commercialization. Manchester community members and experts spark a conversation about marijuana commercialization in New Hampshire.
The meeting will be held at Manchester Police Athletic League, this Friday the 19th at 1:00pm! See flyer for details.
Network4Health is providing scholarships of up to $5,000 to new or existing students enrolled in programs at either Granite State College or Manchester Community College. Requirements for the scholarships include that students must be enrolled as full-time or part-time, live or work in one of the 18 towns served by Network4Health, and complete an application. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.
To learn more about the application process, and determine eligibility, see attached: Flyer Behavioral Health Education Scholarships.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will occur on April 27th, 2019.
Take Back Day addresses the public health and safety issue of misused prescription drugs, finding the majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from the medicine cabinet of family and friends. The DEA’s Drug Take Back Day provides us the opportunity to further prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
We encourage our partners to get involved, and take action by utilizing resources in the Partnership Toolbox.
On Tuesday March 18th, Makin’ It Happen and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce came together to host their last lunch and learn Hear it Here session at the Public Health Department. This even was the third in a series educating the business community about the state opioid crisis. Addiction has an economic impact including lost productivity. The business community can play a critical role in reducing stigma, introducing prevention strategies, helping employees access services, workforce development and community response to addiction that can change how people live, work, grow and play in Greater Manchester.
The latest session was entitled “The Role of the Business Community in the Addiction Epidemic in Greater Manchester”. Guest panelist speakers were:
- Eric Dancause, Admissions Counselor, Farnum Center
- Greg Sevinsky, General Manager, Walmart Distribution Center
- Dana Larriviere, President and CEO, Chameleon Group
- Matt McKenney, Workforce Development Manager, Hypertherm
All of the panelists have implemented the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative (RFW) in their companies and shared stories and tips with interested business owners. Such as economic impact, impact on businesses, benefits of being RFW – lower healthcare costs, reduced absenteeism.
Thank you to the Chamber, our panelists, the Health Department, 900 Degrees Pizzeria catering and all who attended this event!
An outstanding opportunity to have young adults working for your organization, or interested young adults you may be working with to be trained by NAMI NH in the CONNECT Suicide Prevention model. Ideally young adults (18-25) should sign up in pairs to be trained in this train-the-trainer opportunity to become CONNECT trainers and bring this training to other young adults in the Greater Manchester Region. This 2-day training to become CONNECT trainers is free, but space is limited, so please sign up asap to reserve your spot(s)!
To access a list of our general information, programs, and other resources involving e-cigarettes and vaping, go to MIH Resources.