Grantee: Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Project: Reboot Workforce Program; received $2.1 million ARC POWER grant in 2020
Community Need: Surrounding counties have experienced a 62% decrease in coal-related employment and have suffered from disproportionally high rates of substance use disorder, both of which were exacerbated by COVID-19.
Solution: Develop a program offering access to treatment services through telemedicine, and provide a referral pipeline of job candidates who are in recovery and ready for employment. Those candidates will be matched with recovery friendly employers, ultimately receiving the support and employment opportunities they need for long-term recovery.
Outcomes: To date, the program has facilitated a Recovery Friendly Workplace training seminar for local businesses and community partners, drafted a manual for speaking with businesses about available opportunities and continued working with local opioid coalitions to make sure employers are connected to recovery support systems. They published a survey to better understand employer perspectives and raise awareness for the Recovery Friendly Workforce Initiative and have created 5 public videos to promote the Reboot program to the community.
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