[r32] Rep. Turner applauds drug screenings for training program users (6/27/2011)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Start Date: 6/27/2011
End Date: 6/27/2011

STATEHOUSE – Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) applauds the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) implementation of mandatory drug testing for Hoosiers who receive training paid though the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Indiana is the first state in the nation to drug test individuals who receive training paid for by taxpayer dollars, according to the DWD.

Beginning on July 1, 2011, those testing positive for controlled substances will not be able to participate in any training programs funded under the WIA for three months after their positive substance results.

“This implementation was necessary to convey the severity of and the dire consequences of substance abuse,” said Rep. Turner. “I think this provision sends a strong message that using drugs and trying to work are not compatible.”

Participants can be reinstated to the program by passing a subsequent drug screening, but a second positive test will result in a one year waiting period. Individuals who test positive for controlled substances will be referred to substance abuse counseling.

The implementation will affect those receiving training through the WorkOne centers. WorkOne centers, a partner agency to the DWD, helps Hoosiers find a new or better job, choose a career, and  provides access training. Overseeing the WorkOne operations throughout the state, the State Workforce Investment Council approved the new policy.

“While there are many who need training for future work opportunities, limited resources should go to those individuals who refrain from using drugs,” Rep. Turner commented.

The policy is consistent with federal law and the drug screening services will be paid for using federal Workforce Investment Act funds.

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