To address the ongoing opioid crisis, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), at the White House's direction, declared a national public health emergency in October 2017. In response to this declaration, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) launched a two-phase, multi-year approach, utilizing grant funds to combat the economic and workforce impacts associated with the opioid crisis and encourage more individuals to enter professions that could help address the crisis.

Phase One, ETA announced the availability grant funding for National Health Emergency (NHE) demonstration grant projects. These grants will provide workforce services, including retraining, for individuals in communities impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose. Awards were announced in July 2018. Learn more about NHE Demonstration projects.

Phase Two, ETA laid out the statutory and regulatory requirements of the National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) program's disaster grants (Disaster Recovery DWGs) as they apply to the unique challenges of the opioid crisis, and provides Disaster Recovery DWG funds to states, outlying areas, and Indian tribal entities impacted by this crisis. This grant opportunity remains available for eligible applicants to request while the HHS declaration remains in effect, or until ETA rescinds TEGL 04-18. Learn more about NHE Disaster projects.