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Deadline: January 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor: Support to Communities – Fostering Opioid Recovery Through Workforce Development

The Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development grant program will fund projects addressing the ongoing health crisis stemming from widespread misuse of and addiction to opioids and other drugs, including illicit drugs, allocating significant funds and personnel to support treatment and recovery services, target availability of overdose-reversing drugs, train first responders, and more.

The goals of these grants are to:

  • Implement innovative approaches for addressing the economic and workforce-related impacts on local communities affected by the opioid and substance misuse epidemic
  • Engage employers as essential partners to address the impacts of substance and opioid misuse by playing an active role in the grant’s program design and delivery, pioneering creative ways to support the skills attainment of existing or new employees, and connecting businesses with resources such as the Employer Resource Network to help workers retain their employment
  • Provide training and employment services and comprehensive screening services, including outpatient treatment, recovery care, and other supportive services, to individuals impacted by the crisis
  • Deliver training and employment opportunities to encourage more individuals to enter professions that could address the crisis and/or provide relevant skills training that would help individuals enter career pathways and find and retain employment in in-demand occupations

Amount: Approximately $20,000,000 is available to award 8-10 partnership grants ranging from $500,000-$5,000,000 for a 48-month period of performance.

Eligibility: State workforce agencies, State workforce agencies of outlying areas, and Tribal organizations. Grantees will engage community partners, such as local workforce development boards, employers or industry organizations, treatment and recovery centers, education providers, legal services and law enforcement organizations, and community-based and faith-based organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321875

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