How the Workforce System Can Address Challenges Presented by the Opioid Crisis

2018-2021
Prepared for
U.S. Department of Labor
Opioid Chart

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded six states (Alaska, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington) National Health Emergency demonstration grants to leverage the workforce system in addressing challenges presented by the opioid crisis. Specifically, states could use the grants to provide employment services to people affected by the opioid crisis, put in place employer supports for people in recovery from opioid use disorder, and develop the health care workforce to help address the opioid crisis. This study aims to produce information that will be of practical assistance to the state National Health Emergency grantees, the broader workforce system, and other practitioner communities.