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MO Job Center Seeks Employees To Help Address The Opioid Crisis

City of Springfield

The Missouri Job Center is working to address the opioid crisis and its impact on the workforce through a new grant program.

The center has received just over $251,000 through the U.S. Department of Labor grant program called Missouri Works Together.

Tash Cook, Missouri Works Together program director for the Missouri Job Center, said up to four people will be hired as certified peer support specialists "to help have individuals who are trained and ready in treatment centers and emergency rooms and rehabs and different places like that, so when there is an opioid overdose, there are people ready to help those individuals and give them their options and kind of inform them of where they can go from that point."

Anyone who would like to apply should do so as soon as possible, said Cook.

The grant was given to four workforce regions in Missouri that have the highest rate of opioid use.  It aims to provide employment and career training services to workers impacted by the opioid crisis.

To learn more about the Missouri Works Together grant program and the positions that are available, contact Tasha Cook at the Missouri Job Center at (417) 841-3382.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.