Sending Office: Honorable Dave Brat
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May 30, 2018


Dear Colleague:

Like so many congressional districts across America, the seventh district of Virginia and the first district of New Jersey have been experiencing the negative impact of our nation’s opioid epidemic. As a result, our communities are facing increased demand
for addiction services while coping with an ill-equipped workforce.  To meet the demands of the local job market, we have introduced
H.R. 5679, the Jobs Plus Recovery Act. 

We seek your co-sponsorship of this vital legislation which establishes a pilot program that will serve as a one-stop shop for program participants in recovery or seeking recovery from a substance use disorder.  H.R. 5679 awards grants to provide job training
and placement, outpatient detox, treatment, and peer recovery supports at community-based job training sites.  The bill is funded through existing dollars from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and therefore would be revenue neutral. 

The Jobs Plus Recovery Act creates partnerships between state workforce development boards and other local and community organizations to map out an individual treatment, employment, and recovery plan for each program participant.  H.R. 5679 also allows
community workforce programs to educate employers about how to hire and retain employees with a history of substance use disorders.  Research shows that having consistent work improves the likelihood that addiction treatment will be successful.[1]
In addition, utilizing peer recovery support services (PRSS) is proven to reduce hospital admissions for those with substance use disorders.[2]

Please help us in advancing this much-needed legislation to address the opioid crisis and co-sponsor the
H.R. 5679, the Jobs Plus Recovery Act.  For any questions and to co-sponsor, please contact Zoe O’Herin in Rep. Brat’s office at or (202) 225-2815, or Alexander Krupnick in Rep. Norcross’ office at or (202) 225-6501. 



Dave Brat            Donald Norcross

         Members of Congress

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