Hoosiers using government dollars to pay for job training will now have to take a drug test before receiving any money. Indiana’s WorkOne program uses federal money to pay for third-party job training at sites like Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University and private companies. Beginning July first, people wanting to take advantage of the program must pass the same sort of drug test they’d take when applying for a job. Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Mark Everson says feedback he got from employers led to the new policy.
“What we’ve found is that in many instances we’ll train somebody and then they’ll go in and, all too often, fail a drug test so it’s just a waste of money,” said Everson.
Everson says Indiana is the first state in the nation to implement a drug testing policy for federal job training dollars. The failed tests are confidential and will not impact unemployment benefits in any way. A person can reapply for a job training program 90 days after a failed test.