Governor Wolf and Appalachian Regional Commission announce more than $ 1.5 million for job training and work support for people recovering from substance use disorder

Governor Tom Wolf and the Appalachian Regional Commission announced today that over $ 1.5 million Investments supporting partnerships in recovery ecosystems (INSPIRE) The initiative was awarded to four Pennsylvania projects that help people with substance use disorders (SUD) get jobs or re-enter the workforce.

“Thank you to the CRA for your commitment to the people of the Appalachian region and for recognizing the importance of these programs to the people of Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “Thank you to grant recipients and to all substance use disorder treatment and service providers here in Pennsylvania for all you do to support your communities. “

ARC Award recipients include:

  • The Pennsylvania organization for women in early recovery (POWER) received a $ 500,000 award for the growth and recovery of the POWER programs. The project creates a salvage ecosystem in 14 Appalachian counties in Pennsylvania to expand skills training and employment supports through partnerships between workforce development organizations, post-SUD treatment services , local employers and others who help with long-term recovery.
  • Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania received a $ 500,000 award for the PROSPER – From Recovery to Career program. Collaboration partners will deliver SOUTH awareness training to local businesses, certify more recovery specialists, and provide personalized career planning services to dozens of job seekers.
  • FAVOR Western PA received a grant of $ 500,000 to establish the Recovery Community Organization (RCO) to strengthen local workforce opportunities and recovery ecosystems in eight counties of the Laurel Highlands. The RCO will serve as a hub for people in recovery to obtain employment.
  • The Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Committee, Inc. received a grant of $ 48,604 for the Pathways to Education and Employment in Recovery (PEER) program. The project will develop a consortium to leverage knowledge, skills and assets to identify transparent access to services for successful permanent employment opportunities for people in recovery.

“The substance use disorder crisis is not just a health and family issue, it is a workforce issue. The devastating effects of this crisis are also having severe economic repercussions, preventing many working-age Appalachians from participating in the workforce and contributing to the region’s economic growth, ”said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin . “With the CRA’s INSPIRE initiative, we are starting to change that. INSPIRE projects focus on creating work environments conducive to recovery, providing support to people in recovery and their employers, and training people to meet the demand in growing professions. When we help recovering individuals succeed, our communities succeed.

INSPIRE Fellows will support the continuum from recovery to SUD employment in 7 Appalachian states by training and certifying recovery specialists, building cross-sectoral community recovery partnerships, expanding networks of recovery support from local communities. peers, initiating workplace recovery programs with a full range of coordinated programs. support services and more.

Additionally, the Wolf administration has already invested nearly $ 5 million over the past two years in employment support services to help Pennsylvanians recover. Funded by the Federal Administration of Addiction and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), the grants provided employment services to 470 people in 2020 and more than 900 employers were recruited to support and employ people recovering from a substance use disorder.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is a federal and 13 state government economic development agency focusing on 423 counties in the Appalachian region, including 52 counties in Pennsylvania. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner and invest to build community capacity and enhance economic growth in the Appalachians to help the region achieve socio-economic parity with the nation.

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