Drug-free workplace grant goes to county

WARREN — The Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board has received a $20,000 grant from the state to support a drug-free workforce program it is developing.

The money will let the board help area job seekers find work, help businesses implement drug-free policies, provide support to people who are employed and have a positive drug screen, and connect employees to training, said Lauren Thorp, the board’s director of recovery and youth programs.

Step one is to develop a local stakeholder team to do a countywide assessment to determine local challenges and resources, and put into place strategies to develop a job-ready workforce of drug-free individuals, Thorp said. The team will meet before the first of the new year.

“The goal is to increase the number of employable adults, the number of employers operating best-practice drug-free work places as well as arming parents with increased awareness and knowledge,” Thorp said.

The collaborative effort will include partners such as Job and Family Services, Ohio Means Jobs and the Mahoning Valley Community Foundation. The program will run for one year.

Trumbull County is among 18 in the state to receive the funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.