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Connecting with Opportunities Initiative

The State of Maine has been deeply impacted by the opioid crisis.  Maine’s workforce is not immune.

EMDC’s workforce team has assisted individuals in recovery for more than a decade, with a special Workforce Recovery Project established in Hancock County in 2016.

Through a partnership with the Maine Department of Labor, we worked together to secure an Emergency National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide training, education and employment services to long-term unemployed and dislocated workers impacted by the opioid crisis, and to others who wish to help individuals impacted by substance use disorder.

Who is Eligible?

Dislocated workers and long-term unemployed individuals are eligible for services. There are two tracks:

  • Track 1: Individuals impacted by opioid use (directly or indirectly)
  • Track 2: Non-impacted individuals willing to train and work in fields related to treatment and recovery

What Services are Offered?

  • Assessment
  • Individual Training Plan
  • Case Management Services (including career & individual counseling)
  • Job Placement & Follow-Up Services
  • Training (classroom/online, work-based training)
  • Relief Employment (Peer Connectors)
  • Supportive Services

Who are the Partners?

EMDC partnered with the Maine Department of Labor to secure the funding for the statewide initiative.

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board (NWDB) partners with EMDC and the Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) to provide services in Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington Counties.

Other partners include: Recovery Community Centers, Adult Drug Treatment Courts, Recovery Residences (Sober Living), County Jails & MDOC Facilities, Educational and Training Providers, Community Health Agencies, State Agencies, Non-Profit Organizations, Crisis & Counseling Centers, Healthcare Providers, and Businesses and Employers.

How Do I get Involved?

If you’re someone who has been impacted by opioid use disorder, a resource provider or employer that would like to partner, or have general inquiries, contact EMDC’s Workforce Development Specialist, Doug Dunbar:

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