Substance Abuse in the Workplace - What Employers Need to Know. 


The opioid crisis is making national headlines. HR professionals must be proactive in taking steps to keep their organizations safe, while also maintaining awareness of substance abuse that may be occurring. We have invited professionals to join us for the next GRHRA meeting who will give specific advice and tips on how to handle issues that you may have already experienced. Areas of learning include the following:

  • Identify the signs of substance abuse
  • Understand the underlying issues related to addiction
  • Understand the options available to help suffering staff
  • Understand the paradoxical duties facing employers


***This program has been submitted for 1 hour of continuing education credit through SHRM and HRCI***


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Noon to 1:00 PM | Doors open at 11:00 am

Vegetarian Option:
Traditional Caesar Saled with Fesh Grilled Portabella Mushroom
Romaine, Homemade Caesar, garlic croutons, parmesan cheese 
with grilled portabello mushrooms
Regular Lunch Option:
Traditional Caesar Salad with Chicken
Romaine, Homemade Caesar, garlic croutons, parmesan cheese
with grilled boneless skinless breast of chicken
Fresh Baked Bread with Olive Oil and Parmesan Cheese
Limoncello Cake. Iced Tea, Water, Lemonade
Catered by Johnny's Italian Steakhouse

$15 for GRHRA members | $30 for GUESTS

(GRHRA members - RSVP prior to end of day March 14th to avoid paying a $5.00 late fee)
​Abbey Station, 3031 5th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201





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Joseph Lemon

Joseph Lemon founded The Abbey Addiction Treatment Center in 2008.  Since that time, The Abbey has been a national leader in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment.


In addition to overseeing the program at The Abbey, Mr. Lemon engages in a broad range of advocacy projects on behalf of the mental health patient population.  He has met with federal and state representatives in both Washington, DC and Des Moines, and has served on the Board of the Iowa Behavioral Health Association.


Mr. Lemon’s career has involved a wide spectrum of industries, including practicing law in Silicon Valley and working for a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals – the second-highest court in the country.


Today, in addition to his work at The Abbey, Mr. Lemon is involved in a variety of diverse projects across 4 different states ranging from hospitality to real estate development & management to historic preservation – including Abbey Station, the former 100-year old train depot in Rock Island, which now serves as a banquet facilityfor wedding receptions and other special events.  He recently purchased the former QC campus for Western Illinois University, which was immediately deployed to accommodate Franklin Elementary School (which had been closed for the school year due to a fire).


Mr. Lemon graduated from Brown University with degrees in Political Science and International Relations.  He later received his MBA from the University of Oxford (in England), and his law degree from Stanford Law School.


Karen Relf

karen-relfKaren Relf has served as the Program Director at The Abbey since 2013.  In that capacity, she manages an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals in providing high caliber services to The Abbey’s patients. Prior to joining The Abbey in 2009, Ms. Relf served in an array of capacities at Bethany for Children and Families for over 10 years.


Ms. Relf holds a master’s degree from Western Illinois University; she is also a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor.




Tuesday, 03/20/18 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm | iCal


Abbey Station
3031 5th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Kathy Sidlinger
Stacey Cary
Janice Dolan
Tally Curry
  Benefit Staff
Doug Petersma
Rhonda Harksen
  Stanley Consultants
Lauri Graham
Kellie Kerns
Mary Jones
  Management Resource Group, LTD.
Miranda Marshall
Todd Sebben
Matthew De Bisschop
  Ascentra Credit Union
Jennifer Palar
Dawn Meier
Leonna Ellis
  Two Rivers YMCA
Eileen Smith
Kelly Green
  Midland Information Resources
Joanna Miller
Joelle McDermott
  Iowa Voc Rehab
Margaret Hoskins
Julie Klaus
Hilary Spengler
Jessica Imm
  Rock Valley Physical Therapy
Kristen Ryan
Sara Ryan
Kelly Faley
  Management Resource Group, Ltd.
Tammy Mason
Vanessa Wierman
Paula Kirkwood
Emilie Williamson
Vandana Gohain
Cheryl Riley-Hayles
Jennifer Darby
Kirby Vyncke
... a total of 34 guests.
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