Ohio senator announces $50K for OU

To address workforce shortage created by opioid epidemic

Ironton Tribune

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced this week two initiatives designed to combat problems stemming from the opioid epidemic in Ohio.

Brown said on Tuesday that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has awarded a $50,000 grant to Ohio University for the development of a rural workforce training program.

Brown’s office said a local contribution of $51,684 will bring total project funds to $101,684, and that the program will train skilled workers in communities across Scioto and Lawrence counties who have been affected by the addiction epidemic.

“We cannot write off the Ohioans who struggle with addiction and we cannot write off entire communities,” Brown said in a news release. “This investment ensures Ohio University’s rural workforce training program has the resources it needs to make sure recovering Ohioans have job opportunities to get back on their feet.”

The rural workforce training program is designed to address Appalachian Ohio’s workforce shortage, the result of the addiction epidemic, and will include training in education, healthcare, human services, criminal justice and law enforcement.

The funds for the grant are a part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative. Brown’s office said he helped secure a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 Farm Bill, and is continuing to advocate for Rural Development programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Brown’s office said on Wednesday that the senator has also secured several provisions to help Ohio combat the addiction epidemic in a legislative package currently being negotiated the Senate. This includes Brown’s Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act.

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