The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded the Maryland Department of Labor $4.6 million in funding to participate in the Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development pilot program.
The program will provide job training and other services in communities significantly affected by the opioid crisis. Maryland is one of four states participating.
“Our department is very thankful to receive this funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, so we can continue to help Marylanders acquire the skills, tools, and support they need to overcome workforce challenges related to opioid and substance abuse,” Tiffany Robinson, Maryland Department of Labor secretary, said. “This funding could not have come at a more critical time and will give those impacted by the opioid epidemic hope for a better tomorrow.”
The department will divide funding between seven Local Workforce Areas, representing 14 jurisdictions that have experienced negative social and economic impacts resulting from the opioid crisis.
The 14 jurisdictions are the city of Baltimore and counties of Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, and Washington.
The state expects more than 700 people will participate in the program. Participants will receive recovery services and job training.