(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana soon won’t even consider paying for a person’s job training if that person cannot pass a drug test.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is implementing mandatory drug testing for Hoosiesr who receive training paid through WorkOne. The new rule will take effect July 1.
Indiana will be the first station in the nation to drug test individuals.
"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," said Mark W. Everson, the department’s commissioner.
According to the department, in addition to being referred to drug counseling, individuals who test positive for controlled substances will be unable to participate in training for three months. After a second positive test a person will have to wait for one year.
The drug testing requirement does not apply to people receiving unemployment insurance benefits, Adult Basic Education, Trade Act benefits or regular WorkOne services such as counseling and resume writing.