$19M loan forgiveness not enough to rebuild recovery workforce

(The Center Square ) — Working in the addiction recovery field, experts warned Pennsylvania lawmakers that burdensome rules and college degree requirements make it harder to help vulnerable people.
The labor shortage is so severe that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has paid off $19 million in student loan debt on behalf of their workers, and leaders plan to expand the program.
“Doing what we normally do is not working,” Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Greenville, said during a Senate Health and Human Services committee hearing on Wednesday. She said the “sheer volume of drugs crossing our borders annually” drives the overdose crisis and called on the federal government to do more.
“We have …