People with Substance Use Disorders

MDRC has evaluated specialized welfare-to-work programs for individuals with substance-abuse problems.

The Latest

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, programs that combined substance use disorder treatment and recovery with employment services faced new service-delivery challenges, including an unprecedented shift to virtual services. This brief discusses the operational experiences of seven such programs in the initial months of COVID-19.


This report from the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families project examines programs that integrate employment services with treatment and recovery services for people with substance use disorders. It explores the role employment plays in recovery and reviews limited but promising evidence on the effectiveness of these integrated programs.