The U.S. Department of Labor announced last week that it would grant more than $22 million to six states to help individuals affected by opioids find reemployment opportunities. The money is available through the National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant, which will provide funds to New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Washington, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Alaska.
“A family-sustaining job is a critical step toward long-term recovery and healing from opioid misuse and abuse,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “These grants will provide services to help Americans impacted by opioids rejoin the workforce.”
The NHE Demonstration Grants are supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and were established to help stabilize states, outlying areas, and tribal governments that have been impacted by the opioid health crisis.