Services for People in Recovery

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.

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 and needs help, email or call EMDC’s Workforce Development Specialist, Doug Dunbar at (207) 299-5626.
  • If you’re an employer or service provider that would like to partner, email or call EMDC’s Workforce Development Specialist, Doug Dunbar at (207) 299-5626.
  • For general information, email

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