Bartholomew and other area counties benefit from dislocated worker grant

Bartholomew and Jennings counties will be among the beneficiaries after the Southeast Indiana Workforce Board announced that it will receive $1.5 million from a $4.7 million federal Dislocated Worker Grant being awarded to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The grant will help to provide services to eligible individuals and businesses impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction and overdose. The grant will enable area WorkOne Southeast offices to address the crisis by promoting and subsidizing positions such as community health workers, recovery coaches and peer navigators.

The grant is being awarded to DWD’s Region 9, which also includes Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.

A press conference to discuss the grants is set for Friday, Aug. 30 at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg.