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Elk Grove Village Cares Earns Major Federal Grant to Provide Resources and Training to Combat Opioid-related Overdoses

Village to partner with Kenneth Young Center, Live4Lali and neighboring police departments to train first responders, community groups on how to deploy and administer NARCAN

Post Date:09/14/2019 2:00 PM

The Elk Grove Village Police Department is proud to announce that Elk Grove Village Cares, a comprehensive, community-based initiative to take on the opioid epidemic, will serve as a regional resource to area community groups and municipalities in northwest suburban Cook County seeking to utilize opioid-reversing medication thanks to a $385,000 federal grant. 

The grant, funded by the First Responders Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act and awarded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is renewable in the same amount for three additional years.

Elk Grove Village Cares will partner with the Kenneth Young Center and Live4Lali to provide Narcan-related training and resources to law enforcement organizations and community groups. Narcan, also known commercially as Naloxone, is a drug administered via a nasal spray or auto-injector, which can temporarily stop or reverse the effects of an opioid or heroin overdose. Narcan allows EMTs and police officers to take potentially life-saving action when they encounter an individual suffering an overdose.  The grant will provide training for first responders and the public about how to administer Narcan and will also help equip first responders with the overdose reversing drug.

Training on safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs is also funded by the grant.  Further, the groups will work to develop strategies to connect overdose survivors with the right treatment program and recovery support services. 

The partnership will provide training and resources in the following communities:  Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, and Schaumburg.

“This grant establishes Elk Grove Village as a regional resource to other communities and organizations seeking to take on the opioid epidemic in a smart, strategic and comprehensive way,” said Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson.  “It’s a role we’re well-equipped to serve based on our ongoing commitment to face this challenge head on.  Further, the grant really validates the approach we are taking to save lives, get more people into treatment and remove the stigma around opioid addiction.”

Earlier this year, Elk Grove Village Cares received a state grant aimed specifically at providing addiction treatment to more people, including the uninsured.

“These two grants complement one another very well because it means we can use state funds to support actual treatment for people suffering from the disease of addiction and federal funds on ensuring the availability of Narcan where it is needed and training for first responders and communities,” said Elk Grove Village Deputy Police Chief Mike Gaspari.

About Elk Grove Village Cares

The goals of the Elk Grove Village Cares program include reducing the number of opioid related deaths and overdoses in Elk Grove Village, providing more “points of entry” for people suffering from addiction, helping these people access the resources they need to begin the very difficult work of recovery, establishing and strengthening community-based resources for those in recovery and their family members, and educating the public about the disease of addiction.

Under the initiative, anyone seeking treatment for their opioid addiction can seek it through the Elk Grove Village Police Department.  Those seeking help do not face arrest.  Rather, police officers and counselors will connect individuals to nearby treatment programs.

Since the program began in June 2018, there have been 32 referrals to treatment through Elk Grove Village Cares.  Additionally, the Elk Grove Village Police Department has worked to place Narcan, an overdose-reversing medication, in public spaces so citizens who encounter someone suffering an overdose can render aid easily and immediately.  Currently, there are 20 locations where Narcan kits are available in Elk Grove Village—such locations include government facilities, libraries, schools and private businesses.

About the Kenneth Young Center

Kenneth Young Center (KYC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit provider of comprehensive behavioral health and support services across the age lifespan of residents in the northwest suburbs. KYC’s teams serve more than 14,000 clients between the ages of 3 and 105 in the community each year, of whom the majority are living below the line of national poverty standard. Newer additions to programming include 24-hr mental health support for chronically ill adults, a regional Drop-In Center, and community-based prevention and recovery programming through the Communities for Positive Youth Development coalition including SMART Recovery support groups and connections to recovery support services. Starting in October, KYC will be offering out-patient substance use treatment services to meet the needs of our community. Funding for these programs is provided through the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery.

About Live4Lali

Live4Lali is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which works to reduce stigma and prevent substance use disorder among individuals, families, and communities, and minimize the overall health, legal and social harms associated with substance use. Live4Lali operates recovery programs for people struggling with substance abuse disorders, including locations in the Village of Arlington Heights, McHenry County, and the City of Chicago. Live4Lali also offers education, resources, support, naloxone trainings, harm reduction supplies and treatment navigation services.  Their Community Resource Center provides workshops, seminars, recovery and support groups, group therapy programs and continuing education for professionals, such as first responders, clinicians, and prescribers.

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