Pennsylvania distributes $2M for opioid-use disorder services


Pennsylvania recently secured more than $2 million of $55.9 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants, which the state’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) will award to employment support services for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

Fourteen organizations statewide will receive grants up to $200,000.

Each organization is an employer partner that is committed to hiring individuals in recovery from OUD. In addition, the organizations provide services such as transportation assistance for employment, interviewing skills, resume writing, job placement, and vocational assessments.

“Just like having access to recovery supports and stable housing, employment is a critical component of a person’s sustained recovery,” DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith said. “These grantees have support programs to equip people with necessary tools to find jobs and, as equally important in today’s job market, partnerships with employers to hire people in recovery. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this funding has on people and workplaces across the commonwealth.”

SAMSHA grants are intended to boost a state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, employment services are vital for people struggling with job loss or seeking employment, Gov. Tom Wolf said.