Population: Populations with Barriers to Employment

People with Substance Use Disorders

MDRC evaluates specialized employment programs for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) who may also receive public assistance.

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Millions of Americans have had their driver’s licenses suspended at some point because they have not paid legal fines and fees. This brief examines the causes, consequences, and scope of this practice, and highlights a program based in Florida that works to address the challenges of people affected by it.


This profile provides background information on an evaluation of three programs in Illinois, New Hampshire, and North Carolina that provide employment services to individuals with a range of mental health and substance use disorders. The programs are being implemented as part of MDRC’s Building Evidence on Employment Strategies project.