Will County on Thursday announced a $150,000 grant from Joliet Township to support the Safe Passage initiative aimed at reducing opioid deaths.
The grant will support social work services that help people enter the Safe Passage program, which provides access to substance abuse treatment and “deflects people addicted to drugs away from the criminal justice system,” according to a news release announcing the township grant.
“The key to reducing overdose deaths is to get people into treatment,” Will County Executive Larry Walsh Sr. said in the news release. “This program offers a way for people to access treatment without having to get arrested and into our judicial system.”
The program is being offered by police departments in Braidwood, Lemont, Lockport, Mokena and Romeoville.
The grant will support the expansion of the program to other communities.
Social workers will be made available to assess what type of services people need and make arrangements for treatment.