"Substance Use Disorders in the Workplace"

January 27, 2017

Presented by Melinda G. Drake, PhD

Please join us for a very informative presentation on Substance Use Disorder in the Workplace, January 27, 2017.  Presented by Dr. Melinda G. Drake, LCSW (CA, NY & HI), LISW CP & AP (SC).

Employees who use drugs are twice as likely to request early dismissal or time off and are two and a half times more likely to have absences of eight days or more. Substance Use Disorders among employees can also increase employee turnover. Individuals with drug or alcohol problems are more likely than non-substance abusers to report having worked for three or more employers in the previous year. Turnover is expensive for employers. Replacing an employee can cost from 25% to almost 200% of the employee’s annual compensation—not including the loss of institutional knowledge and service continuity and the damage to co-worker productivity and morale that can accompany employee turnover. Reducing employee substance abuse can help employers decrease health care costs, reduce workplace injuries and improve productivity. This training focuses on developing an understanding of addiction as a chronic disease that can be managed successfully.


Participants will develop understanding on:

· Increasing utilization of EAP services to help employees with substance use disorders
· Respecting employees’ privacy
· Reducing stigma in the workplace

Melinda Drake is a Senior Manager, MSW, at Foundation Los Angeles and Canyon at Santa Monica. She has experience with large non-profit organizations and extensive experience in corporate for profit organizations. She is adept at resolving conflicts and encouraging positive relationships; dedicated to supporting and guiding staff in professional development; skilled at working with professional staff, board members, and teen and adult volunteers; extensive knowledge and experience in developing and marketing mental health and addiction programs. Ms. Drake has extensive clinical social work experience with the severely emotionally disturbed co-morbid (with mental retardation) and dually-diagnosed (with substance use disorder) populations. Additionally, she has extensive knowledge of special education and school programming.

Ms. Drake is a Licensed Clinical Social Work, PhD in Business Administration, and an MA in Computer Resources and Information Management. She is a professor at Santa Monica College and Limestone College.

We look forward to seeing you Friday, January 27th!

Program Costs:
Members: $15
Non-Members: $20
Students with I.D: $10

2 PDH / CEU Credits for CEAP,  LCSW, MFT

RSVP: For details, special accommodations or to RSVP, please contact Naheed Carter at Naheed.Carter@frnmail.com
or (310) 948.2772. Space is limited.

Friday, January 27th
8:30 am Networking
9-11 am Program

Valley Economic Alliance.
5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

The January 2017 meeting is sponsored by:

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