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Deadline: July 31, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor: National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grants

National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grants (NHE Demonstration Grants) will support innovative approaches for addressing the economic and workforce-related impacts on communities affected by the opioid epidemic. Recognizing the complexity of the crisis, partnerships between the workforce system and other agencies will be central to these projects. The goals are to:

  • Test innovative approaches to address the economic and workforce-related impacts of the opioid epidemic
  • Provide training and support activities to dislocated workers (including dislocated homeakers), new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers, including individuals in these populations who are or have been impacted by the opioid crisis
  • Provide training that builds and skilled workforce in professions that could impact the causes and treatment of the opioid crisis, including addiction and substance-abuse treatment, mental health, and pain management

NHE grants should provide services aligned with and designed to support the goals of the region’s economic development strategy, as well as the applicable Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) strategic plan(s) for the area(s). Applicants should provide services that will best ensure that participants have the skills and competencies necessary to compete for jobs in emerging or targeted industry sectors. Types of activities and services that may be provided include:

  • Career services that provide dislocated workers with training and job placement assistance in emerging or other high-demand sectors.
  • Training and work-based training models, including traditional classroom training funded through Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) or connecting business and workers to on-the-job or customized training programs and apprenticeships before or after layoff to help facilitate reemployment.
  • Supportive services: Grant recipients’ partner organizations may deliver the majority of supported services provided to participants, particularly those related to heath and related services. As individuals are determined to ready to participate in workforce development services, the NHE grant may provide necessary supportive services that may include: 1) health, mental health, addiction or other forms of outpatient treatment that may impact opioid addiction and related conditions; 2) drug testing for current use of illegal drugs prior to enrollment in career or training service prior to employment; 3) linkages to community services; 4) referrals to health care and 5) payments and fees for employment and training-related applications, test, and certifications.

NHE grants may serve one or both of the following populations of workers:

1. Workers directly or indirectly affected by the opioid crisis: Dislocated workers, new entrants in the workforce, or incumbent workers (currently employed or underemployed) with one of the following characteristics:

  • The individual, a friend, or the individual’s family has a history of opioid use
  • The individual works or resides in a community hit hard by the opioid crisis or can otherwise demonstrate job loss as a result of the opioid crisis, regardless of any personal impact of the crisis on the individual

2. Workers seeking to enter professions that could help in addressing the opioid crisis and its causes:

  • Dislocated workers, new entrants in the workforce, or incumbent workers (currently employed or underemployed) who seek to transition to professions that support individuals struggling with opioid addiction and/or could impact its underlying causes, and who need new or upgraded skills to better serve this population. These individuals are eligible for reskilling or upskilling training activities only in the following professional areas: addiction and substance-abuse treatment and related services, pain therapy and pain management services that could reduce or prevent dependence on prescription painkillers, and mental health care treatment services for disorders and issues that could lead to or exacerbate opioid abuse and addiction.

Amount: A total of $21,000,000 is available to make 7-10 awards that range from $500,000-$5,000,000 each.

Eligibility: State workforce agencies; Indian tribal governments; and outlying areas, including the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=301937

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