WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded a $5,000,000 grant, to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as part of its Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development program. Funding will go toward addressing the health and economic impacts of widespread substance and opioid misuse, addiction and overdose by providing retraining and other services to workers in communities significantly impacted by the opioid crisis in Adams, Brown, Pike, and Scioto Counties.

“These investments will allow communities in southern Ohio to address the ongoing opioid crisis, while helping make sure Ohioans have the tools they need to land good-paying jobs that support their families,” said Brown.

Brown has led efforts to support workforce training initiatives as well as funding for the addiction crisis.

In May, Brown joined colleagues in urging House and Senate leadership to increase the federal investment for state, local and tribal governments and treatment providers who are leading our nation’s response to the ongoing substance use crisis. In 2018, Brown helped secure investments in programs that were included in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to increase funding for apprenticeship programs, veteran job training programs, and other programs to help Ohioans attain education and employment, including  DOL’s Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development program.

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