Citizens Memorial Hospital | Vitality | Winter 2022 13 Citizens Memorial Hospital is the first business in Missouri to receive the Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) designation from Recovery Friendly Missouri. Ann McCauley, RFW project director with the University of Missouri Extension, made an official presentation during CMH’s Mental Health Awareness Walk on Sept. 29. CMH staff completed several steps to earn the designation, including training, planning and delivering a declaration to staff stating the organization’s support for employees in recovery. “The greatest thing about Citizens Memorial is the people,” McCauley says. “They walk the walk and talk the talk, and their support for those in recovery is phenomenal. Citizens Memorial changes lives for the better, and in doing so, positively impacts its entire community.” The RFW designation comes at no cost to businesses. The University of Missouri Extension is funding the initiative through a Rural Opioids Technical Assistance grant to address substance use disorder in rural communities throughout Missouri. “It is our hope that businesses that have been reluctant to give people in recovery a second chance will hear the stories from Citizens Memorial staff and leaders and decide to become recovery friendly too,” McCauley says. “We are excited CMH is willing to mentor other businesses that need support hiring people in recovery.” Learn more about Recovery Friendly Missouri at FOR MORE INFORMATION about employment opportunities at CMH, go to From left: Christina Bravata, CMH director of grants management and CMH Addiction Recovery manager; Ann McCauley, MU Extension project director of Recovery Friendly Workplace; Sawiyyah Chanay, MU Extension rural opioids technical assistance grant principal investigator and community health engagement and outreach education director; Sarah Swearingin, director of nutritional services; and Kurt Bravata, M.D., FASAM, medical director of CMH Addiction Recovery. CMH RECEIVESMISSOURI’S FIRST RECOVERY FRIENDLYWORKPLACE DESIGNATION