Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,451,229)
County of Lake, dba Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is applying for funding in the amount of $1,451,229.23 in Category 1a: Local Applications. This project serves Lake County, Illinois with a population of 711,239. The purpose of this project is to provide wraparound evidenced-based treatment for consumers of the A Way Out 3.0 program including Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), recovery support services, peer support, case management, and transitional and recovery housing. A Way Out 3.0 will serve as an evidenced based treatment initiative for individuals at high risk of overdose and substance abuse and as a pre-booking and post-booking alternative to incarceration. The project will focus on increasing access to treatment, increasing treatment success rates, reducing overdoses, and providing community outreach. This project will aim to have 90% of consumers with opioid use scheduled to receive services or treatment within 24 hours of initial contact, 70% of consumers will successfully complete their first treatment episode, 90% of consumers will receive information regarding MAT and/or naloxone and given an appropriate referral, Peer Support groups will be offered bi-weekly for consumers, and one community outreach session will be conducted by the Project Coordinator per month. Priority considerations addressed in this application include a high rate of primary treatment episodes for heroin and other opioids, high rates of overdose deaths, and a lack of accessibility to treatment providers and facilities. Dr. David Kosson from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences (RFUMS) will serve as the evaluator for the proposed project.