Crouch Encourages Businesses to Give Those in Recovery a Second Chance

May 10, 2019

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) showed his support for an initiative that was introduced with the passage of the state budget in April that would provide a tax credit to businesses that hire individuals on the road to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. The Recovery Tax Program will be available starting in 2020 and will provide a $2,000 tax credit to employers who hire qualified individuals.

Employers are required to provide employees who are overcoming their battles with addiction a supportive environment and one that falls under the qualifications of the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Applications for the first year of the program are due by January 15, 2021, and will be retroactive for the previous year.

“Addiction affects people from all walks of life,” said Crouch. “Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to know a friend or loved one who has struggled with addiction. Everyone deserves a second chance and the ability to pursue a road to redemption. Building a strong foundation including a healthy work environment is crucial to helping our friends and loved ones struggling with addiction get back on the right path. I strongly encourage any employers in the Southern Tier willing to help those in recovery to apply for this program; it is a win-win for all parties involved.”

For businesses seeking more information or to apply for the program, please go to the OASAS website here.