LAKE COUNTY, IL — The Lake County State's Attorney's office announced several temporary operational changes for the A Way Out program in compliance with the current stay-at-home order issued by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a news release from the Lake County State's Attorney's office, prospective participants looking for help can still request assistance from the program at the Lake County Sheriff's office, and Mundelein and Round Lake Park police departments.
The police departments and volunteers from the Lake County Opioid Initiative will hold a screening with the prospective patient by phone or teleconferencing, the state's attorney's office said.
Once a treatment level of care placement has been determined, volunteer support advocates will still provide transportation using enhanced safety protocols to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, according to the news release.
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However, the state's attorney's office said that due to limited resources and the increasingly low capacity at local residential treatment programs, the Lake County Opioid Initiative will be using more outpatient providers for care. For people who are uninsured, the Lake County Opioid Initiative can provide funding for outpatient services and short-term housing, the state's attorney's office added.
According to the state's attorney's office, "A Way Out is a Lake County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program designed to help those who need treatment. The program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at participating police departments across Lake County. It ensures criminal charges will not be filed against those that may be in possession of narcotics or paraphernalia as long as assistance is sought out by the prospective program participant."