Scioto County has been included in an $8 million grant to address workforce issues hit hard by the opioid epidemic that has taken over in the past decade.
The money will be over several counties of $1.8 million (over the next two years) to help employers and unemployed workers overcome issues related to the drug epidemic and to help build the workforce industry to address the crisis.
It has been stated the agency will use a Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support employers who hire individuals in recovery, to create an addiction services apprenticeship at community colleges, and to provide job training and other services to help unemployed workers overcome their addictions and find jobs back in the work Industry.
“Drug addiction and overdose deaths have become the most pressing public health issue and workforce challenge facing Ohio,” said ODJFS Director Cynthia Dungey.
“This grant will help businesses rebuild their workforce and individuals rebuild their lives. We’re excited to partner with local workforce professionals, community colleges and businesses to address the workforce challenges created by the opioid epidemic.”
For example, innovative approaches to addiction issues – supporting employers that give second-chance policies and hire individuals in recovery.
Job Training, Transportation assistance, Mental Health Services, Two year College apprenticeships just to name a few of the topics mentioned in this recovery process.
Leading to the hope for Scioto County and business partners taking on this initiative.
The ODJFS, BWC and many other departments and Addiction Services, Libraries and others who are taking part and also those that would like to partner with this process to make this a success and a hopeful come back from the opioid epidemic.