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Gov. Mike DeWine announced June 5 that his RecoveryOhio initiative will invest $11 million in federal grants over the next two years to help employers and unemployed workers overcome workforce problems related to the opioid epidemic.
Funded by a National Health Emergency Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the money will support employers who hire individuals in recovery and provide job training and other services to help Ohioans recover from substance abuse and find employment.
"This federal grant is an example of what RecoveryOhio is all about," DeWine state in a statement. "We collaborate to address the unique needs of residents. Recovery involves not just treatment but ongoing supports to help individuals lead healthy, productive lives."
The DOL grant will be distributed to Ohio's 20 local workforce development areas under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. They will tailor services to meet local needs but may adopt any of the following:
DeWine said RecoveryOhio has "many partners" in the opioid workforce intervention, including OhioMeansJobs centers; the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation; alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services boards; two-year colleges; community action agencies; libraries; mental health treatment providers; Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation; and Ohio departments of job and family services, mental health and addiction services, higher education, Medicaid, public safety and health.