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The First Tennessee Development District (FTDD) has been awarded nearly $1.3 million from the United States Department of Labor through its Workforce Opportunities in Rural Communities (WORC) grant to fund the Caring Workplaces Initiative.

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ETSU’s Addiction Science Center will serve as a training and data analysis partner. The vision of the Addiction Science Center is a Central Appalachian region free from the burden and consequences of illicit drug abuse. The mission of the Addiction Science Center is to partner with affected communities in Central Appalachia to advance the science of substance abuse prevention and treatment.

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Ballad Health, East Tennessee's regional health care provider is a sub grantee, partnering by providing  Certified Peer Recovery Specialists to provide various resource services and recovery services to identified populations  of offenders 90 days from release of incarceration. Upon release from jail, these individuals will continue to receive the support and guidance to help them transition into successful employment.