$2.4 million grant helps address employment barriers for people in recovery

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Isaiah House has been awarded a $2,473,200 grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The funds will support the Isaiah House Recovery Workforce Support Program aimed at addressing employment barriers for people in recovery and the workforce gaps resulting from the prevalence of substance use disorder.

The grant, which is the largest federal grant to be awarded to Isaiah House in its 22-year history, is slated to serve more 6,000 Kentuckians during a five-year period.

Funds will be used to create a statewide Recovery Career Network charged with developing strategies and engaging employers in workforce investment activities that support the successful employment of people in recovery.

The project also provides for career coaching, skills training, and job placement services for people leaving treatment and returning to the community.

Finally, Isaiah House will develop a hybrid peer support specialist program that assist hundreds of Kentucky residents in developing and implementing a recovery plan based on their personal goals and aspirations.

“This new funding will provide Isaiah House with a unique opportunity to further develop and enhance the workforce programs we started more than a decade ago to help people in recovery live meaningful and productive lives,” said Mark LaPalme, CEO and Founder of Isaiah House. “We look forward to partnering with employers and workforce investment groups throughout the Bluegrass Region to further the success of people in recovery as well as the Kentucky businesses that need them as reliable and valuable employees.”

Isaiah House will partner with the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, the Bluegrass Workforce Innovation Board, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky to meet treatment and workforce goals. The University of Kentucky will assist with project evaluation.

Isaiah House, Inc., is a residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment program for men and women.

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