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Jaime Herrera Beutler Applauds Federal Funding for Southwest Washington to Address Opioid Crisis

Nearly $5 million will go to Washington state via legislation supported by Jaime; will assist workers who have been impacted by opioid addiction

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Washington, D.C., July 25, 2018 | comments
U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement last night that Washington state will receive designated grant funding to fight the opioid crisis. Washington is one of six states to receive the new National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant.
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U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement last night that Washington state will receive designated grant funding to fight the opioid crisis. Washington is one of six states to receive the new National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant.

Washington state will receive nearly $5 million to help provide new skills to workers, including those just getting a job or reentering the workforce, who have been or are being impacted by the opioid crisis. The grant program was rooted in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act that Jaime supported and was signed into law in 2014.

Additionally, funds may be used for workforce development in professions that address or prevent problems related to opioids in Southwest Washington, such as addiction treatment facilities and mental health providers. 

“Opioid abuse is affecting literally every community in Southwest Washington, and Congress should continue making it a priority,” Jaime said. “I’m pleased to have played a part in this important effort by supporting the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and directing resources toward helping men and women climb out of the pit of addiction and get back to being productive members of their homes and workplaces.”

The Labor Department awarded the funding based on states’ grant applications. Washington State Employment Security Department will receive the funding and contract out to state workforce development councils, one of which is Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, who provides services to five Washington counties including Pacific and Lewis.
 
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