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$5M federal grant to help Pennsylvanians in addiction recovery find work

July 29, 2018

Pennsylvania will receive a federal grant for about $5 million to help people whose employment has been affected by opioid use, addiction and overdose, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The funding is part of $22 million awarded to six states that department officials announced this week under a national health emergency related to the opioid epidemic.

The money will be directed toward helping people regain employment while they are in recovery from an addiction, said Alexander Acosta, U.S. Secretary of Labor, in a news release.

The money will be split among four entities in the state, including Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Investment Board and Washington Greene County Job Training, Inc. The funding will provide mobile career services, encourage businesses to become recovery friendly and provide additional training to mobile case managers, according to a news release from Gov. Tom Wolf.

Other states receiving the remainder of the funding are Alaska, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Washington State.

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