Grant to help Clark County workers, employers fight opioid epidemic

Springfield city leaders and officials from Clark County came together to discuss the opioid problem in our area. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

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Springfield city leaders and officials from Clark County came together to discuss the opioid problem in our area. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

Clark County is one of 16 counties in Ohio taking part in a grant program to help employers overcome issues related to the opioid epidemic, according to information from the Ohio Department of Job anf Family Services.

The agency will use a Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support employers who hire individuals in recovery, to create an addiction services apprenticeship at community colleges, and to provide job training and other services to help unemployed workers overcome their addictions and find jobs, according to information from the ODJFS.

“Drug addiction and overdose deaths have become the most pressing public health issue and workforce challenge facing Ohio,” said ODJFS Director Cynthia Dungey in a news release. “This grant will help businesses rebuild their workforces and individuals rebuild their lives. We’re excited to partner with local workforce professionals, community colleges and businesses to address the workforce challenges created by the opioid epidemic.”

Regionally, Preble, Montgomery, Fayette and Clinton Counties will also receive $1.8 million as part of the grant.

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