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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Contact: Patty Madigan

Email: pmadigan@macomb-stclairworks.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2019

Michigan Works! and National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant to combat opioid crisis in Macomb County

The State of Michigan Talent Investment Agency through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! $1,770,000 to address the workforce impacts of the nation's opioid crisis in Macomb County by providing employment services to eligible individuals affected by the health and economic effects of opioid use, addiction, and overdose.
 

"Macomb County Community Corrections is very excited to partner with Michigan Works!, CARE of Southeastern Michigan, and the Michigan Talent Investment Agency to provide Employment services to those affected by opioid use and addiction," said Barb Caskey, Director of Macomb County Community Corrections. "We know that employment substantially increases the likelihood of success in the community and with this opportunity from the Department of Labor, we can provide additional support and guidance through peer recovery coaches, individualized employment plans, on the job trainings, and more for those working towards recovery."
 

Monique Stanton, President and CEO, CARE of Southeastern Michigan stated, "As our community continues to grapple with the growing opioid crisis, CARE of Southeastern Michigan is honored to partner with Michigan Works!, Macomb County Community Corrections, and the Michigan Talent Investment Agency to support individuals impacted by substance use disorders on their path to recovery and self-sufficiency. The opportunity from the Department of Labor will help us increase access to peer recovery coaches, career planning, and on the job training. The new and expanded services will help people make their next steps toward recovery, resiliency, and self-sufficiency."
 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in October 2017, enabling Michigan to request this funding for a Dislocated Worker Grant project. Funding for the grant runs through March 31, 2021.

Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board administers the Michigan Works! Service System in Macomb and St. Clair counties. Michigan Works! is part of the nationwide American Job Centers Network. Michigan Works! agencies oversee comprehensive services designed to help employers access a skilled workforce and help job seekers access satisfying careers. Programs also include workshops to prepare youth and unskilled adults for entry into the labor force and help individuals who are disadvantaged or who face serious barriers to employment develop skills through training that leads to employment and ultimately economic self-sufficiency.

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