Smucker Announces Labor Department Grant to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania

July 25, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) is awarding nearly $5 million in grant funding to Pennsylvania to provide reemployment services for individuals impacted by the health and economic consequences of the opioid epidemic.

The nearly $5 million awarded to Pennsylvania is part of DoL’s National Health Emergency (NHE) Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant funding to six states. Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, NHE Demonstration Grants provide funding to states, outlying areas, and eligible tribal governments to address the economic and workforce impacts associated with the opioid health crisis. The Department continues to review existing authorities to assist additional states as they address this health crisis.

“In 2016, 4,627 Pennsylvanians died from an opioid overdose. Every single one of us has a role to play in combatting this epidemic,” said Rep. Smucker. “This is welcomed news from President Trump’s administration, and I’m glad to see it investing in our local communities to help recovery efforts.”

“President Trump is fully committed to fighting the opioid epidemic, which has devastated lives, families, and communities across the nation,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “A family-sustaining job is a critical step toward long-term recovery and healing form opioid misuse and abuse. These grants will provide services to help Americans impacted by opioids rejoin the workforce.”

The six states receiving NHE Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant funding are:

  • New Hampshire ($5,000,000)
  • Pennsylvania ($4,997,287)
  • Washington State ($4,892,659)
  • Rhode Island ($3,894,875)
  • Maryland ($1,975,085)
  • Alaska ($1,263,194)