LEWISTON — The Central Maine Human Resource Association will tackle the issue of mental illness and addiction in the workplace during a program next week.

It will be held from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston.

The program will feature Amy Sneirson, executive director of the Maine Human Rights Commission, and Cindy Cronkhite and Cindy Letourneau, members of St. Mary’s Human Resources Department.

Sneirson will share her years of experience at the helm of the commission in discussing the top issues facing employers in the area of mental health and addiction, issues where employers often run into trouble, and how to avoid running afoul of the various laws that apply.

Cronkhite and Letourneau will follow up with some practical tools to use to assess and respond to such issues and will provide examples of workplace accommodations and resources they have both used. 

Finally, the program will include showing attendees how they can make use of JAN Network, a free resource for employers.

Membership to CMHRA is open to all for-profit, nonprofit, public and private organizations. Meetings are regularly attended by human resources managers, benefits administrators, health, wellness and safety managers, training and development professionals, supervisors, small business owners, and other individuals interested in human resource issues.

Registration online is preferred and available at http://cmhra.shrm.org/events. Questions about membership should be directed to Michael Letourneau (of Androscoggin Bank) at: [email protected]

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