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Work-Life Integration

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Operation PROSPER is an interdisciplinary multi-phase project designed to systematically measure the barriers to employment in patients receiving Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, and then develop, test, and systematize point-of-care interventions to increase work participation in this population. The research team is studying patients receiving MAT to identify employment status as well as real and potential barriers to being employed. This research-based project concentrates on defining the gap in critical soft skills among adults receiving MAT. (PIs: Jodi Frey & Marianne Cloeren) 

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The purpose of this project is to provide expertise that will help the State of Maryland develop a durable and sustainable set of resources to support employees and employers related to opioid use and recovery in the workplace. Workplace PROSPER will expand the team’s reach to include increased collaboration with employers, health and behavioral health providers, and worker advocates across the State, strengthening existing and building new partnerships that leverage the expertise and perspectives of the wide range of Stakeholders who care about this issue. These resources will specifically respond to the needs of employees and employers related to opioid use and recovery at work. The overall goals of this project are to improve workplace safety, prevent opioid overdoses, increase access to treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), and promote non-discriminatory work practices for employees recovering from OUD. PIs: Marianne Cloeren & Jodi Frey)

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The mission of the University of Maryland Work, Family & Well-Being Research Group (WRG) is to bring together interdisciplinary scholars that share an interest in research on work and its intersection with well-being and/or family life, and connect these researchers with each other, policy makers, employers, and the media. (PIs: Nancy Kusmaul & Corey Shdaimah)

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This project employs a mixed methods design to study utilization of and outcomes from using the Interactive Screening Program (ISP), an online screening, referral and support program that connects employees with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor, peer support counselor, or other authorized mental health professional. ISP, developed and maintained by the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, is an innovative online program that provides employees with an opportunity to anonymously connect with a behavioral health professional and receive support designed to prevent suicide and encourage help-seeking. (PI: Jodi Frey)

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The Mediating Role of Flexible Workplace Policies on Employees’ Health and Well-being

Flexible work policies and programs can have beneficial or detrimental effects on the workplace and on workers. Researchers working on this project conducted an extensive systematic review of research related to flexible workplace policies and how these policies and options affected employee mental health and well-being. (PI: Philip Osteen)