NEA will distribute a resource for educators and students with opiod dependence who are seeking recovery or in recovery, outlining rights and protections in accordance with federal anti-discrimination/civil rights laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The resource should be distributed to locals/schools across the nation, including post secondary educational institutions.  Additional information regarding such rights and protections should be made available on the NEA website. The resource distributed could be the preexisting one created by the Bristol Plymouth Teacher Association (Taunton, Massachusetts), or a version of it if the NEA wishes to amend it. If amended, the resource should always use stigma-reducing language and aim to help those recovering from opioid use disorder maintain job security or pursue an education.

Rationale/Background

Americans, including students and teachers, with opioid dependence are moving to the margins of society as they lose their jobs or are unable to continue their education, which makes it extremely difficult to rehabilitate or remain rehabilitated.

Contact

Cynthia Roy - MA

Cost Implications

This item cannot be accomplished with current staff and resources under the proposed Modified 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and Budget. It would cost an additional $11,000.