Indiana First State to Require Drug Test for Unemployed Job Assistance

After numerous complaints from business owners, Indiana is now the first state to legally require unemployed people participating in state funded job training programs to take a drug test. Before July 1st when this rule went into affect, drug users could participate in job training programs, only to get hired and fail a workplace drug screening implemented by the employers.

Indiana has set an example that other states may soon be following. The U.S. Department of Labor has reported 30 other states have considered requiring drug testing for those receiving government assistance.

The new rule works like this: once a person applies for job training they have one business day to undergo a urinalysis drug test at a state approved site. The drug test will test for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, PCP, amphetamines and methamphetamines. If the test is passed the candidate will receive a reimbursement of $35 for taking the test. If a candidate fails the test they will not receive reimbursement, and will be suspended for 90 days. After the 90 days, a second drug test will be required. If this second drug test is positive, the person will not be allowed to apply for job training for a year.

All results of the drug tests will remain confidential, and the results are mailed to the client. The client then needs to show WorkOne (the government agency) the results when applying for job training. If a client is currently taking legally prescribed medication they need to discuss that with the drug test provider. Any discussion between the drug testing staff and the client will remain confidential.

Any applicant that refuses to take a drug test will not be allowed in the program. Clients enrolled into the job training program, before this rule went into effect will not be required to take a drug test.

This rule does not affect the unemployment benefits, only the job training classes.






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