U.S. Labor Department awards more than $800k to Florida to combat opioid crisis


Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity will receive more than $833,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund programs to combat opioid use, addiction, and overdose in three counties.

Part of the National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant program, the project will provide grant recipients with disaster-relief employment in jobs that address impacts of the opioid crisis, such as peer recovery navigators. Additionally, the project provides employment and training services to participants looking to start careers in addiction, treatment, and pain management healthcare professions.

Dislocated Worker Grants temporarily expand the capacity of dislocated worker programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance for jobs in response to any large and unexpected economic event that causes job losses.

Because the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency In October of 2017, Florida was eligible to request grant funding.

Earlier this year, the U.S. DOL made up to $100 million in Dislocated Worker Grants available to states as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic after HHS declared the pandemic a national public health emergency.

In 2018, Florida’s Brevard, Manatee, and Sarasota counties received a grant for up to $2.5 million for Dislocated Worker Grants.