WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced incremental funding of $1,996,702 to members of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in northwestern Washington to provide jobs, and employment and training services to individuals in communities impacted significantly by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose.
Administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration, National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant funding will create disaster-relief positions to address the effects of the opioid crisis on the local workforce.
Totaling up to $5,990,106, this grant is available to serve eligible tribal community participants in Washington’s King and Pierce counties. In October 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, enabling the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to request this funding.
Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, Dislocated Worker Grants temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses.