Job & Family Services Office of Workforce Development

Opioid Grants


ODJFS has received several discretionary awards to respond to the current opioid crisis.  The purposes of the funds are:

  • to help local areas better serve individuals who have opioid use disorder (OUD); 
  • to expand the number of workers in careers that help mitigate the effects of the crisis; and 
  • to reduce the incidence of opioid addiction through economic growth and gainful employment.

This web page provides technical assistance on the provision of workforce services to this target population and on the implementation of each grant available to the local areas.

General resources related to the opioid crisis and service provision include:
The RecoveryOhio Advisory Council's recommendations -- including workforce development efforts -- to improve mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery support services in Ohio

Website created by the Ohio Department of Health to help patients, health care providers, and the general public manage pain while avoiding drug misuse, dependency, and addiction.

Resources and materials to help local areas prevent and mitigate substance dependency, provide workforce services to individuals in treatment, and develop recovery-friendly workplaces

Information on a series of free training courses provided by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) to educate workforce professionals and other partners on drug addiction and its impacts.   

Employee wellness newsletter with guidance on building resilience and supervising workers who are in recovery.

August 2019 Opioid Forum

The following technical assistance documents were provided at the Opioid Forum held on Monday, August 5, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio:

Document NameDescriptionLength 
Opioid Grants AgendaAgenda for the Opioid Forum1 page
Opioid Grants Powerpoint     Forum presentation slide-deck18 pages
Recovery Grant Communities MapMap of each county's Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant community1 page
Community DescriptionsTemporary employment and training in each community9 pages
Tool 1: Opioid Grants by CountyMap of opioid grants available by local area and county1 page
Tool 2: Opioid Grant ComparisonChart comparing features of Ohio's opioid grants4 pages
Technical Assistance CrosswalkIssues from Directors' Retreat and how each is being addressed6 pages
Draft Opioid Grant TimelinesDraft timeline of spending goals and possible rescission dates3 pages
Opioid Grant Timeline DescriptionsWritten explanations of when local area funds may be rescinded1 page
Draft Opioid Recovery Grant PolicyDraft of Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant policy 12 pages
Opioid Recovery Grant GlossaryDefinitions of terms relevant to Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant2 pages
Opioid Emergency Recovery Plan Template Local plan template for Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant6 pages
Example of Implementation PlanExample of local area plan for Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant11 pages

Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker Grant   

The $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (referred to as "opioid grant 2") was awarded to sixteen counties experiencing the greatest impacts of the opioid crisis.  Below are technical assistance resources related to implementation of this grant:

ODJFS policy guidance on eligibility, allowable services, and other policy parameters

A map depicting grant funds and allowable services by county for this grant and the disaster relief grant described below

A crosswalk of the goals, allowable services, and other features of this grant and the disaster relief grant described below

 Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant

The $11 million Disaster National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (referred to as "opioid grant 3") is available statewide to provide dislocated workers and long-term unemployed individuals with career and supportive services, training, and disaster relief employment in careers that will mitigate the effects of the opioid crisis.  Below are technical assistance resources related to grant implementation:

Grouping of counties into service communities based on the impacts of the opioid crisis faced by each county

Guidance on implementation of disaster recovery grants, including the definition of long-term unemployed individuals

September 2019 Webinars

OWCMS: Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant webinar (held on Sep 4, 2019 9:30 AM) 



 OWD Opioid Grants Forum Recap webinar (held on Sep 4, 2019 1:00 PM) 



 Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant: Local Area Plans webinar (held on Sep 5, 2019 9:30 AM) 



State Opioid Response (SOR) Funding

The $5 million in State Opioid Response (SOR) funding from OhioMHAS is available on a cost-reimbursement basis to local areas needing additional funds to serve new populations of individuals with OUD and to provide expanded, extended, or enhanced services to current workforce program participants who have OUD.  The local areas will assist SOR participants in completing a series of surveys to document their progress toward recovery. 

Technical assistance resources related to the SOR funding include:

Overview by the pass-through entity of the SOR grant and its purpose

Surveying of SOR participants (access to the online survey tool, consent form, survey questions, etc.)

List of SOR funding restrictions and guidance from ODJFS on implementation and the fiscal process

Form to be used by local areas to request reimbursement of SOR-related costs

  • SOR Training Webinars:
Name   Webinar DescriptionSlidesRecorded Video
SOR Program OverviewAllowable costs, eligibility, and FAQsSOR 1017/17/19 (45 mins.) 
SOR Fiscal ProcessRequesting funds and reporting costsSOR 3017/30/19 (39 mins.)

For more information on the above resources and funding sources, email OpioidRelief@jfs.ohio.gov.

Last updated: 10/3/2019