WORKING RECOVERY ACTION TEAM
GE HealthyCities Burlington Project
In 2016, Burlington was chosen as one of nine U.S. cities to participate in GE’s HealthyCities initiative. With support from GE’s HealthyCities Leadership Academy, the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance formed our Working Recovery Team.
The Working Recovery Team conducted a survey of more than 140 employers in the region as well as interviews with people in recovery – both in and out of the workforce. That information is being used to develop a set of best practices for providing workplace supports to people in recovery.
In 2018, CCOA was awarded a second round of grant funding from the GE HealthyCities initiative.
That money is being used to produce a video for local employers that will help educate them about how to hire and support people in recovery. The grant will also fund subgrants to local nonprofit organizations working with people in recovery to help them find jobs.
Mission: The Working Recovery Team engages and inspires the Chittenden County business community to hire and support individuals in recovery.
Vision: We envision a community and local economy that benefit from long-term, stable and supported employment of individuals in recovery within the Vermont workforce.
- Support the potential of every individual
- Focus through a compassionate lens
- Foster strong and supportive communities
- Commit to excellence and innovation
- Treasure a strong local economy
- Ron Stankevich, Community Relations, Dominion Diagnostics
- Maureen Leahy, Director, University of Vermont Medical Group
Neurology, and Psychiatry HCS
Pictured above: The Working Recovery Team alongside GE Executives, Burlington-based employers, and individuals with lived experience at our mid-year presentation.