News Article: Cadillac News

Program to provide 'life coaches' for area workers impacted by opioid addiction

At a time when employers need all the help they can get to maintain a healthy, skilled workforce, Michigan Works! has announced a new program aimed at addressing the impact of opioid addiction on the area's workers.

Twenty-four Northern Michigan counties - including those represented by Northwest Michigan Works! (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford) - will receive more than $3 million in funding from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to help fight the opioid epidemic.

“We are excited to be able to positively impact those who have been affected by the opioid epidemic and are ready to return to work,” said Terry Vandercook, Chief Program Officer for Northwest Michigan Works!. “The need for connecting job seekers and employers is as important now as it has ever been.  This program will train and introduce those individuals looking for work to the employers who need them, a win-win for everyone involved. Northwest Michigan Works! is happy to help facilitate this opportunity throughout our region.” 

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