FORTE: Fostering Opioid Recovery Through Training & Employment

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CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF) has launched a new initiative called FORTE, which stands for “Fostering Opioid Recovery Through Training and Employment.” FORTE also means strength, and this initiative is providing vital career and business services that strengthen and empower Central Floridians with work-force solutions in the fight against opioids.

Project Opioid’s efforts played a vital role in the state of Florida receiving a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, and locally, CSCF was awarded $2.7 million to get those affected back to work.

Be a Part of the Solution

Engaging businesses to help foster opioid recovery through the community while developing top talent in the area.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100,000 Americans died of an overdose from April 2020 to April 2021 – the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in 12 months. In Central Florida, we experienced approximately 51 overdose deaths a month or over 1.5 deaths a day.

Our Fostering Opioid Recovery through Training and Employment (FORTE) initiative focuses on providing complimentary workforce solutions to support businesses and career seekers affected by the opioid crisis.

To help businesses meet challenges due to the opioid crisis – from recognizing signs of dependency to offering training and resources to foster a healthy and productive workforce, FORTE will provide HR training, NARCAN training, job readiness programs, and placement. These programs are designed to not only respond effectively in the workplace but also our community.​

Career seekers interested in supporting the health and recovery community are encouraged to join our efforts by obtaining training in new and emerging career pathways that help combat the opioid crisis. Through FORTE, we provide scholarships for training and then connect you with local businesses to help achieve your career goals.


Addiction Awareness Training

Virtual certification program for employee managers, HR, or other professionals. Understand how the opioid crisis is impacting the workplace and learn ways employers can be part of the solution.

  • 9-week training
  • Earn Addiction Awareness Facilitator certification
  • Earn 20 SHRM professional development credits

Learn more at ICARE’s website.

Opioid & Overdose Awareness Training

Join us for a free Opioid and Overdose Awareness Training at your local CareerSource Central Florida Career Center! Learn vital information that can save lives and receive 2 FREE Narcan kits (valued at $136 per kit) to take with you.

Check back for upcoming dates.

Healthcare & Recovery Focused Careers

Enter training in new and emerging career pathways like peer specialist/behavioral staff​ to help support the recovery community and combat the opioid crisis.

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Impacted by the Opioid Crisis?

If you or a family member have been affected by the opioid crisis and you’re ready for a new career, we can help you discover your passion. Your skills and interests may be the perfect fit for a career in a high-growth industry.

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FORTE Community Partners