Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $500,000)
In 2018, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, launched “Elk Grove Village Cares,” a multipronged, community-based approach that is the first of its kind in the Chicago area that connects those suffering from the disease of addiction to treatment.
The Elk Grove Village proposes to continue to operate and expand the Elk Grove Village Cares program by executing agreements with additional treatment providers with extensive outpatient and transitional housing services. The program also seeks to provide addiction treatment to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18.
The purpose of Elk Grove Village Cares is to provide more points of entry for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction and help them access the resources they need to begin the very difficult process of recovery. The initiative also establishes and strengthens community-based resources for those in recovery and their family members and educates residents about the disease of addiction.
The Elk Grove Village Cares program is operated by the Elk Grove Village Police Department and serves anyone seeking help with their substance addiction, regardless of where they reside. Addiction treatment is provided without boundaries.
Elk Grove Village Cares project activities include providing financial support for individuals entering treatment programs through Elk Grove Village Cares. While treatment costs can be covered by existing health insurance coverage of participants, many individuals are uninsured or underinsured and unable to get the help they need. The essence of Elk Grove Village Cares is getting people the help they need when they need it.
The expected outcomes of Elk Grove Village Cares is to help those suffering from substance addiction recover, continue to stay sober, and lead a lifestyle free from the disease of addiction.
Elk Grove Village Cares partners with the following addiction treatment providers: Gateway Foundation, Leyden Family Services, A Bridge Back, Inc., Kenneth Young Center, and Rosecrance. These treatment providers are the intended beneficiaries of the project.
Subrecipient activities include inpatient and outpatient services such as transitional housing, medications, individual/group counseling sessions, detoxification, case management, behavioral health screening, diagnostic evaluations, and more. In addition, transportation and other necessary assistance are crucial in getting participants the help they need for recovery.