This month, the U.S Department of Labor awarded the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) a $1,368,421 National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant to help address the state‚Äôs opioid crisis. The grant will assist in reintegrating individuals affected by opioid addiction into the workforce, helping them prepare for in-demand careers in health care, social services and other fields.  

This grant will provide additional resources to offer eligible individuals one-on-one counseling, interest assessments, job search assistance and training for careers in high-demand occupations through four Workforce Development Area (WDA) partners, including the Monticello-based Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services. The WDAs will also be partnering with local health care, housing, and higher education organizations to better meet the needs of the participants. 

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