OAKLAND -- Alameda County will continue to offer stress counseling and mental health services to former NUMMI employees in the area.

The county's board of supervisors approved a one-year contract for up to $240,000 to provide the services to former workers of the car plant, as well as to those who visit the one-stop career centers around the county.

The contract with Crisis Support Services of Alameda County -- which has contracted with the county since 2009 -- is renewable for an additional two years.

Alameda County received nearly $9.9 million in a Federal National Emergency Grant last year for its NUMMI Regional Plant Closure Project, aimed at retraining dislocated NUMMI workers and providing them with employment resources.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $6.2 million of the grant, while the state's Dislocated Workers Discretionary Grants provided an additional $3.7 million in funding.

According to the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, the county has enrolled more than 2,500 dislocated NUMMI employees into its closure project, and other surrounding counties have enrolled more than 1,000 former workers.

The NUMMI plant, also known as New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., was a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors. The plant closed April 1, 2010, with more than 4,500 employees losing their jobs.

Contact Chris Metinko at 510-293-2479.



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