It is with great pride that we announce the LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada as an early adopter for the Nevada Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative. A BIG shout out to The Center for joining this paradigm shift and for all the incredible work their team does in our community. By becoming a recovery friendly workplace, The Center is creating a workplace culture that is supportive of their employees impacted by mental health and substance use. The organization is one of many committed to de-stigmatizing addiction by educating their workforce and celebrating their employees in recovery.
For a decade, The Center has been welcoming and celebrating the diversity of our communities and strives to empower all to live authentic lives. They provide information and resources to protect the wellness of our community. The Center supports those in recovery, partnering with Foundation for Recovery (FFR) to offer Peer Support Services, trainings, and support groups, along with other agencies to expand harm reduction supplies and linkages to treatment. The Center is a staple in our community for lifting stigma and advocating for those who otherwise might not be heard.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), studies indicate the prevalence of substance use disorder among the LGBTQ population may be 20% to 30%, which is significantly higher than the general population (9%).
Many members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly youth, experience mental health challenges and substance abuse disorders due to the discrimination, shame, and traumatic events they experience.
The Center and the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative through Foundation for Recovery will collaborate in our like-minded missions. Together we can provide more resources to our community. Together we can create change!
Pictured above (from left to right): 1) The Center and Foundation for Recovery team, celebrating The Center’s designation of becoming RFW. 2)The Center’s COO, Brain Hosier, putting the NV Recovery Friendly Workplace Decal on The Center’s front door. 3) Brian Hosier, receiving the Recovery Friendly Workplace certification from the Governor’s office, presented by Foundation for Recovery’s peer outreach specialist, Ron Schnesse.