Department of Labor Announces National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant Pilot Program to Help Communities Fight the Opioid Crisis

On March 20, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter 12-17 announcing a new National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant program to help communities address the economic and workforce-related impacts of the opioid crisis.

The goals of these grants 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 displaced homemakers), new entrants in the workforce, and incumbent workers, including individuals in these populations who are or have been impacted by the opioid crisis; and,
  • To provide training that builds the 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.

A core tenet of the NHE grants is that career and training services are only one part of a comprehensive set of solutions that address the health and well-being of individuals who have been struggling with addiction issues. Therefore, NHE grants require that appropriate partnerships and strategies are in place to ensure that career and training services are delivered to eligible individuals at a time and in a manner most likely to result in reemployment. To ensure proper participant eligibility determinations as well as delivery of appropriate career, training, and supportive services, at least one local Workforce Development Board or American Job Center, located in the area(s) proposed to be covered by the grant, must be a partner in the grant.

ETA anticipates awarding 7 to 10 demonstration projects, with anticipated funding amounts between $500,000 and $5 million. For more information on the NHE Demonstration Grants, including applicant eligibility and application requirements, click here or contact the appropriate Employment & Training Administration regional office.