LANSING, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday that Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) received more than $1 million to help Michigan communities that are affected by the opioid crisis.
The National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant worth $1,025,220 will serve 24 counties in northern lower Michigan, according to a release from Whitmer’s office. Funding will create disaster-relief positions addressing local workforce impacts of the opioid crisis and provide employment and training services to up to 170 individuals affected, as well as people transitioning into health care positions related to addiction, treatment, prevention and pain management, the release states.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in 2017, which enabled Michigan to request the funding, according to the release.
“As leaders, we must do everything we can to help residents facing substance use disorder get the care they need,” Whitmer said. “Widespread substance use and addiction continues to challenge many Michigan families, and this funding will uplift communities affected by the harmful health and economic effects of opioids.”
Work will be supported by Michigan Works! northeast and region 7B consortiums and Networks Northwest. There is an additional $2 million in funding available based on program outcomes, the release states.
Whitmer in 2019 announced an initiative to cut opioid overdoses in half over the next five years.