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Walker Approves Drug Screening for Some FoodShare Participants
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/05/2017

Gov. Scott Walker approved a plan to implement drug screening for able-bodied adults participating in the FoodShare Employment and Training program, sending the rule change measure to the Legislature for review. The rule is part of the policy amendments included in 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, and supports the governor's efforts to help people move from government dependence to true independence.

"A key component of Wisconsin's Workforce Agenda, which we unveiled last week, is removing barriers to employment," Walker said. "Employers have jobs available, but they need skilled workers who can pass a drug test. This rule change means people battling substance use disorders will be able to get the help they need to get healthy, and get back into the workforce."

State lawmakers have up to 120 days to review the measure. Once approved, it will be published in the Administrative Register where it will become effective the first day of the next month. The Department of Health Services will work collaboratively with stakeholders on policy and systems development to implement the rule.

Under the rule, able-bodied adults participating in the FSET program are subject to drug screening and, if necessary, a drug test. Those who test positive will have the opportunity to get treatment, regardless of the ability to pay, so they can get healthy. Healthy citizens create a stronger workforce by helping employers fill jobs that require passing a drug test. This initiative also supports Wisconsin's efforts to be on the forefront in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

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