The one-year pilot program will be used in three counties, which have not been announced. If drug use is suspected, welfare recipients or applicants are required to take a substance abuse test.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law Tuesday denying unemployment benefits to job seekers who fail company drug tests.
Recipients would also be cut off if they refuse to take a drug test.
A local state senator says if Michigan wants to test welfare recipients for drug and alcohol abuse, it should do the same for elected officials.
Supporters say the measure is designed to break the cycle of poverty by helping drug users find treatment. But opponents say it’s all just a punitive attack on low income individuals who rely on state assistance to get by.
Some low-income Michigan families would have to pass drug tests and make sure their children don’t miss too many days of school in order to qualify for welfare benefits, under legislation being considered by the state Legislature.
Michigan lawmakers are planning to consider a bill that would require welfare applicants and recipients to pass drug tests.
Flint-based McLaren Health Care has instituted a no-nicotine policy for all job applicants, testing them for tobacco use as part of the drug screening process.
In Michigan, a bill that would require a clean drug test as a condition of cash assistance eligibility is pending in the state House. The measure does not specify suspicion-based testing and appears to be broader, potentially applying to all applicants.
A Michigan lawmaker wants to link welfare benefits to a clean drug test.