The Recovery Friendly Workplace Tax Credit program which was established in 2019 was designed as an incentive to hire individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder by giving their employers the opportunity to receive a credit on their taxes.
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) has today announced the launch of a new media campaign to raise awareness of the Recovery Friendly Workplace Tax Credit.
“Having reliable employment can be an important factor in the recovery process for many people who are impacted by substance use disorder.” OASAS Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said.
“This new campaign will help get the word out about this important program, which has benefits for both employees and businesses, and will further support the recovery community here in New York State.”
The new media awareness campaign includes radio, print, streaming audio, and social media ads, in both English and Spanish. The campaign will run statewide through September, which marks the observance of Recovery Month across the country.
The Recovery Friendly Workplace Tax Credit is the first program of its kind in the nation. It supports eligible employers who hire individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder by providing a tax credit of up to $2,000 per employee, depending on hours worked. A total of $2 million in tax credits is available statewide.
The program is designed to help rid the workplace of the stigma surrounding addiction, as well as increase employment opportunities for those in recovery.