McHenry County Launches "A Way Out-McHenry County" Program
On May 1, 2017, the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition, in cooperation with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, Centegra Health System, McHenry County Mental Health Board, McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Not One More – McHenry County, will begin accepting participants into the A Way Out Program - McHenry County. The program would not have been possible without the additional support from Roscrance - McHenry County, Gateway Foundation, and our local police departments.
“This is a multi-disciplinary approach to a public health problem with criminal justice implications,” said Patrick Finlon, Chief of the Cary Police Department. “By addressing the addiction issue, it is hoped that a reduction in criminal activity is also achieved.”
A Way Out - McHenry County offers substance abuse treatment 24/7 to anyone in McHenry County that wishes to seek recovery. All a participant needs to do is walk through the main doors of any of the participating police departments and tell the clerk at the reception window that they are here to participate in A Way Out - McHenry County.
The participant will be able to turn over to police any drugs or contraband in their possession without being arrested or charged. An officer then transports the participant to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock for an evaluation. From Centegra, the participant is placed in a participating treatment facility. “This program will save lives, reduce crime, and restore those struggling with addiction to their families and communities,” said Patrick Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney. “I have been floored by the wonderful reception this program has received from local police departments and their officers’ sincere desire to help those in need.”
A Way Out – McHenry County is designed to ensure that nearly everyone that wishes to participate has the opportunity to do so. There are, however, a few exceptions. First, anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian’s consent. Second, some police agencies may not accept those who do not live in the County. Third, an active warrant/deportation order may be deemed a disqualifier at the discretion of police and/or the State’s Attorney’s Office.
The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition wishes to thank everyone involved. For more information on A Way Out – McHenry County and participating police departments, please visit the website, which will be live on May 1, 2017: https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-j-z/state-s-attorney-s-office/programs-and-initiatives/a-way-out/how-it-works.