Brown Announces $50,000 for Ohio University to Address Workforce Shortage Created By Addiction Epidemic

Funds Will Go toward Ohio University’s Workforce Training Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Ohio University to implement a workforce training program to address the opioid epidemic. The program will train workers in education, healthcare, human services, criminal justice and law enforcement on best practices for helping Ohioans in recovery. A local contribution of $51,684 will bring the total funds for the project to $101,684.

“We cannot write off the Ohioans who struggle with addiction and we cannot write off entire communities,” said Brown. “This investment ensures Ohio University has the resources it needs to train and retain the workers helping recovering Ohioans get back on their feet.

The funds for this grant are a part of the USDA’s Rural Development initiative. Brown 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.