U.S. Department of Labor Resources

Expert Help & Training

Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)

Supports businesses and organizations seeking to recruit, hire, retain, and advance qualified people with disabilities in their workplaces. Offers employers comprehensive online training on effective strategies, policies, and practices to make their organizations more disability inclusive. Serves as a centralized hub with tools, resources, and publications on topics related to disability and employment, including disability laws, regulations, and requirements; creating an accessible workplace; neurodiversity; and other issues.

Sponsor: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Offers free, confidential, one-on-one consulting services on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues for employers, employees, job seekers, and service providers. Provides expert guidance and practical solutions that help workers with disabilities thrive and help employers capitalize on the value and talent these workers possess. Serves as a leading source of information on disability and workplace accommodation and features a variety of tools, resources, training, and publications to support a disability-inclusive environment.

Sponsor: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Funding

Funding to address substance use disorders (SUDs) and related issues. List may include programs with a primary purpose other than addressing SUDs.

H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program

Provides funding for the creation of employment and training programs in high demand rural healthcare occupations, including behavioral and mental healthcare. Seeks to address rural health workforce shortages by increasing the number of individuals training in occupations that directly impact the care of rural populations. Assists unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers to transition into sustainable health careers that qualify as middle or high-skilled occupations under the H-1B visa program. Focuses on training for veterans, military spouses, transitioning service members, women, people of color, ex-offenders, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented rural populations.

Application Deadline: Nov 13, 2020
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative Inactive

Supports workforce development activities in rural counties throughout the Appalachian and Delta regions. Provides funds to prepare dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers, including workers affected by substance use disorder (SUD), for good jobs in high-demand occupations in these regions. Ensures that efforts align with existing economic growth strategies in order to increase employment opportunities and foster long-term regional economic prosperity.

Application Deadline: Jul 29, 2020
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) Grant Program Inactive

Provides funding for employment training, career services, and supportive services to women directly or indirectly impacted by the opioid crisis. Addresses barriers to work facing women and helps them gain the skills and support to become employed. Seeks to develop multi-disciplinary partnerships among service providers and other key stakeholders with experience serving women workers in order to meet the unique needs of women in communities most affected by opioid use.

Application Deadline: Aug 23, 2019
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau

Information

Alternative Pain Management and Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder – Federal Employees' Compensation Act Bulletin NO. 18-06

Announces a policy guiding the authorization of alternative, non-opioid pain management treatments and treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) for federal workers receiving workers' compensation. Aims to reduce barriers to non-opioid pain treatment, such as alternative pain medication, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and other treatment without medication, as well as in-patient pain management programs. Increases patient access to OUD treatments, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), opioid treatment programs, in-patient, out-patient, and emergency services.

Sponsor: Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)
EARN's Mental Health Toolkit

Offers focused information and guidance for employers seeking to create a mental health-friendly workplace. Includes research summaries to better inform employers about workplace mental health issues. Features a 4 A's - Awareness, Accommodations, Assistance, and Access - framework and links to ready-to-use resources to help organizations develop their own mental health initiatives. Provides descriptions of successful model programs implemented by a diverse set of companies and organizations.

Sponsor: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Employment and Training Administration's Funding Opportunities

Posts up-to-date information on current and upcoming grant funding opportunities from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Provides listings of past grant award recipients as well as information about applying for ETA grants and managing a grant award. ETA funding supports state and local job training programs and workforce development efforts, especially for disadvantaged communities and populations.

Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
New Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) Policy on Opioid Medications

Announces a policy, effective September 23, 2019, whereby injured federal workers receiving workers' compensation that are newly prescribed opioids will be limited to an initial 7-day supply. Allows an injured worker to receive a maximum of four sequential 7-day supply prescriptions, an initial and three subsequent prescriptions, for a total of 28 days before prior authorization is required. For additional opioid prescriptions exceeding the initial 28-day period, the prescribing physician will need to submit a form certifying the medical necessity of continued opioid use for approval from the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).

Sponsor: Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)
Opioid Policy Four-Point Strategic Plan to Protect Federal Injured Workers

Announces a four-point strategic plan to protect injured federal workers covered under the Federal Employee's Compensation Act from the risk of opioid misuse and addiction. Includes details on these policy initiatives and their progress, information on any new policies, as well as a discussion of opioid facts and risk factors for opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose, and links to additional resources.

Sponsor: Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)