Reimbursement for Workplace Substance Use-Related Expenses

The Substance Use Recovery & Workplace Safety Program (SURWSP) offers reimbursement to employers for workplace substance use-related expenses like drug testing, training for supervisors and employees, and the development and review of workplace policies. Employers who enroll in the program also get free access to BWC’s Better You, Better Ohio workplace wellness program. Enrolling in SURWSP can help employers have a healthier and safer workforce by covering costs associated with workplace substance use policy development, employee training, and drug testing. Maximum reimbursement amounts vary by the type of expense, and restrictions regarding drug testing reimbursement apply.

The program is now available in all 88 counties. Although BWC is managing the program directly in most counties, in some counties the program is managed on behalf of BWC by the county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) board. A map and complete listing of counties and the separate processes for requesting reimbursement that applies to a county can be found on the SURWSP web page. Answers to commonly asked questions about the program can also be found on that page.

SURWSP and the Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) are separate programs. Participation in DFSP is not required to enroll into SURWSP. However, employers who do participate in DFSP and who also enroll into SURWSP are able to use SURWSP to get reimbursement for meeting DFSP requirements.

Employers who pay into the State Insurance Fund, are current on BWC payments, and have active or reinstated coverage are eligible to enroll. Self-insuring employers are not eligible to participate in the program. Certain eligibility restrictions apply to client employers of Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) and Alternative Employer Organizations (AEOs). Participation in SURWSP is voluntary and enrolled employers may quit the program at any time.

Enrollment is quick and easy. For more information, visit the SURWSP web page.