Agency Serving Garrett County to Benefit From Workforce Development Pilot Program
Last Updated on Sep 4, 2020 at 3:44pm | Workforce Development
Gov. Larry Hogan has announced that Maryland is one of four states in the nation selected to participate in a new initiative to provide training and other services to workers in communities significantly affected by the opioid crisis.
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $4.6 million in funding to the Maryland Department of Labor for the new “Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development” pilot program, which will address the health and economic impacts of widespread substance and opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose.
The Western Maryland Consortium
, which serves Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties, will receive $500,000 in funding through the program.
“During Maryland’s response to COVID-19, our administration has remained committed to combating the opioid and substance abuse crisis, which has affected far too many families and taken far too many lives across our state and our nation,” said Hogan. “This funding is another powerful tool we can use to support Marylanders in the communities hit hardest by the opioid epidemic.”
The Maryland Department of Labor will direct the awarded funds to seven diverse Local Workforce Areas, representing 14 jurisdictions across the state that have experienced negative social and economic impacts as a result of the opioid crisis. More than 700 Marylanders are anticipated to participate in the new pilot program, which will provide participants with job training and recovery services, leading to employment in 14 high-demand industries and occupations.
“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,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson. “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.”