Upper Chichester, PA – Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) was recently awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) to provide employment support services for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).  CAADC has partnered with Educational Data Systems, Inc. (EDSI) to provide support to Delaware County residents in recovery from the Opioid Use Disorder through the Employment Bound Program.

The Employment Bound Program will help reintegrate individuals in recovery with OUD into the workforce by providing assistance to obtain and retain employment.  Program participants will be provided with intensive case management, job readiness training, life skills workshops, assistance with employment search and counseling after employment has been achieved.

This project is just one of fourteen grants that were approved in the state with federal funding coming from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  In his recent press release, Governor Tom Wolf stated “We have not lost focus on the continuing opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.  And now more than ever, employment services are vital to help people struggling during the pandemic with the loss of a job or need to find employment.  These grants will help those with substance abuse disorder have a better chance of recovery by helping to access employment.”

If interested in participating or for more information, please contact Lynn Jones at Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. at (610) 874-8451 or ljones@caadc.org.