Researchers often document that individuals with a disability versus those without a disability are more likely to have a substance abuse problem and less likely to get effective treatment. ETA has announced the availability of up to $21 million for demonstration grant projects for Program Year 2017. These grants will enable eligible applicants to serve or retrain workers in communities impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.

ETA is launching a two-phase, multi-year approach, utilizing grant funds to combat the economic and workforce impacts associated with the opioid health crisis, as well as encourage more individuals to enter professions that could address the crisis. The first phase is the demonstration project being announced with this advisory. The agency plans to conduct a second phase in Program Year 2018, pending availability of funds.

The agency anticipates awarding grants to 7 to 10 demonstration projects, with anticipated funding amounts between $500,000 and $5 million each. No award will exceed $5 million. The final amount of each grant is dependent on the number of applicants and the availability of Federal funds.

The March 20, 2018 Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 12-17 addresses background, goals of the National Health Emergency (NHE) grants, eligibility (applicants, participants), allowable activities, cost limitations, application content requirements, award procedures, and reporting.