For immediate release: Jun 22, 2011
Posted by: [DWD]
Contact: Valerie Kroeger
Phone: 317-234-4026

DWD Implements Drug Screening Policy for Hoosiers Entering Training Programs

INDIANAPOLIS - The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is implementing mandatory drug testing for Hoosiers who receive training paid for through WorkOne. The policy was approved by the State Workforce Investment Council (SWIC), which oversees WorkOne operations throughout the state. The policy covers all training programs funded under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and will take effect July 1, 2011.

"Indiana is the first state in the nation to drug test individuals who receive training paid for with taxpayer funded Workforce Investment Act dollars," said Mark W. Everson, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. "This is just common sense; employers routinely screen out applicants due to failed drug tests. In this time of scarce resources, it is irresponsible to train someone for a job they can't get because they use illegal drugs,"

Individuals who test positive for controlled substances will be unable to participate in WIA funded training for three months. Participants who pass a subsequent drug screening will be reinstated to the program. A second positive test will result in a one year waiting period. All individuals who test positive for controlled substances will be referred to substance abuse counseling. Approximately 9,000 Hoosiers throughout the state are enrolled in WIA training programs earning a certificate or degree at a college or trade school.

This policy is consistent with federal law. The drug screening services will be paid for using federal Workforce Investment Act funds provided to the state for administration of training programs. The drug screening applies only to applicants for third party training programs under WIA. It does not apply to unemployment insurance benefits, Adult Basic Education, Trade Act benefits or regular WorkOne services such as counseling and resume writing.

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