Eastgate District Awarded $500,00 from ARC's $14 Million INSPIRE Funding Package

14 September 2023

A Logo for the INSPIRE Initiative

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded nearly $14 million to 43 projects through its Investments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE)  Initiative, which aims to address Appalachia’s substance use disorder (SUD) crisis with investments in projects that create or expand services in the recovery ecosystem leading to workforce entry and re-entry.  

The Eastgate District received one $500,000 INSPIRE grant award. Congratulations to Coleman Professional Services for their Building the Recovery-to-Work Ecosystem in Ohio's NE Appalachia INSPIRE project.

  • $500,000  grant to Coleman Professional Services for the Building the Recovery-to-Work Ecosystem in Ohio's NE Appalachia project. This project aims to strengthen employment pathways and long-term recovery from SUD in six counties by providing individualized job placement services to workers, support to employers, and a collaborative referral system for providers and other partners. The project will partner with three regional Mental Health and Recovery Boards to refer eligible clients to the program, with workforce training provided by Flying High, Belmont Technical College, Eastern Gateway Community College, and Youngstown State University. The project expects 200 workers will receive employment services and wraparound supports. Additionally, 100 businesses will be offered services, including access to recovery-friendly workplace training and job placement and retention services.

Full article: https://www.arc.gov/news/arc-awards-nearly-14-million-to-43-projects-supporting-appalachians-recovering-from-substance-use-disorder/

Full list of 2023 INSPIRE Projects: 43 projects