ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain announced in a news release the beginning of A Way Out, a program that provides non-punitive support and treatment center connection to those suffering from drug addiction in Kane County.
The program is under operation by other law enforcement agencies in the Chicago area, such as the Elgin Police Department’s similar We Can Help initiative, A Way Out encourages those citizens to call, walk-in, or use the Sheriff’s Office Tip411 portal on its website, kanesheriff.com, to initiate the support protocol, the release stated.
A member of the sheriff’s office will greet the citizen, triage their addiction issue and make immediate contact with local treatment centers for availability, the release stated.
Once a treatment center is located, the citizen in need will then be provided transportation to the facility.
This opportunity will be available to all residents of Kane County, the release stated.
Hain thanked the Kane County Coroner’s Office, the Kane County State Attorney’s Office, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, and the local treatment centers that provided input and coordination to assemble A Way Out in Kane.
“Without these key partners, we would not have been able to launch this critical mission to end what is a contributing factor in most of our county’s crime: drug addiction,” Hain stated in the release.
Ultimately, Hain hopes that A Way Out will become A Way In when the vision of transforming almost 30,000 square feet inside the Sheriff’s Complex to a residential addiction treatment facility comes to fruition.
Along with the implementation of medically assisted treatment and addiction counseling for the opioid dependent in the Kane County jail, exit programs along with job training and connections to those re-entering the community from incarceration, and the establishment of A Way Out, Hain’s hope is that that offering different strategies to the drug dependent will drive down addiction and overdose rates.
“This is about caring for our residents, not incarcerating them,” Hain stated in the release.