Job & Family Services Office of Workforce Development
Opioid Grants

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:

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Policy Letter 18-02 

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

    Opioid Grant Fund Availability by County 

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

      Opioid Grant Comparison Sheet 

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

         Opioid Grant Questions and Answers (version 1: November 13, 2019; Excel format)  

          ODJFS responses to frequently asked questions on eligibility, services, funding, and other topics. 

          Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant (OERG)

          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:

           Map of Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant Communities 

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

            Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Policy Letter 17-06 
              Guidance on implementation of disaster recovery grants, including the definition of long-term unemployed individuals.
              Opioid Grant Questions and Answers (version 1: November 13, 2019; Excel format) 

                ODJFS responses to frequently asked questions on eligibility, services, funding, and other topics.
                Instructions for entering services under the special grant office in the state's workforce case management system.  
                CFIS Sub-Project Codes for OERG Financial Reporting
                List of sub-project codes that local area fiscal staff should use to report OERG costs by category in CFIS.


                Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant Recorded Webinars  

                1). OWCMS: Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant webinar  

                https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/3508305610539831308 (Sept 4, 2019 webinar recording)


                2). OWD Opioid Grants Forum Recap webinar

                https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/2818481910881049100 (Sept 4, 2019 webinar recording)


                3). Opioid Emergency Recovery Grant: Local Area Plans webinar

                https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/467510546435811334 (Sept. 5, 2019 webinar recording)


                4). Thrive webinar on Peer Recovery Supports (Note: you may wish to skip 5 minutes of silence recorded at the beginning of this video.)
                5). Area 17 Peer Learning: Implementing the OERG (Handout: presentation slides)
                https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6799620005656347649 (April 1, 2020 webinar recording)


                This webinar shares strategies for maximizing outreach efforts through local partnerships.  Area 17 Workforce Board has established a diverse network of local partners that are helping with their opioid grant efforts.  Join the leaders in Area 17 and learn about their participant outreach efforts and how the connections with their local partners aided in identifying potential grant participants that may be eligible for OERG services.
                6). Area 3 Successful Strategies to Address the Impacts of Opioids... Here's What's Working!  Handout: presentation slides)  
                https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/8880531523151944712 (April 2, 2020 webinar recording)
                This webinar discusses four targeted strategies that are identified in the OERG.  The leaders from Workforce Area 3 are utilizing all four strategies to assist individuals who have been impacted by opioids in the Cuyahoga County community.  Join them as they discuss how they are training and utilizing Peer Recovery Support Specialists within recovery housing facilities and hospitals.  They will also share how they are using the pillars of success, identified in the OWD Opioid Toolkit, to build the skilled behavioral health professions, how they are reintegrating impacted individuals back into the workforce, and their plans to engage with local second chance employers to develop recovery friendly practices and policies.

                7).  Case Planning and Good Documentation (Handout: presentation slides)

                https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5920914502588505100 (April 28, 2020 webinar recording)

                This session addresses fundamental principles of WIOA service delivery and practical guidelines for documenting it.  We explore requirements for developing Individual Employment Plans (IEPs) and engaging your customer in making choices about training opportunities and discuss the importance of service documentation.  Learn how to tie to robust case documentation to customer-centered coaching and decision-making.

                8). Area 1 Peer Learning: Implementing the OWRD  (Handout: presentation slides)

                https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6396910678638728972 (May 7, 2020 recording) 

                Rural Ohio has been hard-hit by the opioid crisis and many areas may be challenged by limitations on public transportation, internet connectivity, employment opportunities, and funding resources.  Please join our webinar to learn about the innovative strategies Area 1 is implementing to overcome these obstacles.
                9). Area 16 Peer Learning: Working with Justice-Involved Individuals Under the Opioid Grants (Handout: presentation slides)

                About 66 percent of offenders held in state prisons and local jails have issues with substance misuse, including opioids.  Join our webinar to hear how Area 16 is providing career services to individuals while they are incarcerated and then assisting them with training and employment services when they are released.

                 10). Refresher - Implementing the Ohio Emergency Recovery Grant (OERG)

                This webinar is about successfully launching or growing your implementation efforts for the Ohio Emergency Recovery Grant (OERG). We provide guidance on participant eligibility, allowable activities and services, and grant timelines; highlight the four key strategies of OERG; detail the types of temporary disaster relief jobs that can be provided in each community; review the pillars of success and important partnerships as detailed in the Opioid toolkit; and share best practices and lessons learned from your workforce development peers who have launched their service strategies. 

                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.  Note: For services provided from 10/1/19 to 6/30/20, invoice using Purchase Order #24023.

                • 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: 7/16/2020