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HOPE Task Force Awarded Added Funding in 2022 DuPage County Budget

DuPage County’s Heroin / Opioid Prevention and Education Task Force will now benefit from doubling its funding stake after the county board approves its fiscal 2022 budget. The decision made at Tuesday’s meeting is intended to help the district better fight the opioid epidemic.

Importance of additional funding

Chairman Dan Cronin said it was important to increase the county’s commitment to the task force from $ 100,000 to $ 200,000.

The task force is charged with leading the county’s efforts to prevent and educate the public about the dangers of heroin and opioid abuse. It has a track record of providing grants to community and social services and substance abuse providers who are playing a role in fighting the opioid epidemic in the county.

How the funds are used

Board member Greg Hart said the additional funding will allow the county to continue to find innovative programs and connect people with resources that will enable them to be successful in treatment.

The HOPE Task Force has received two national awards for its efforts in the past two years, one for working with the WorkNet DuPage Career Center to create employment opportunities for people in treatment and another for setting up a special court for first-time drug offenders. those in the court system.

Assistance to the chairman

Hart said it means a lot to have the chairman’s dedication.

“I’m pleased with the chairman’s decision to double that,” said Hart. “I think it’s very needed in our church right now. We saw what has happened since the COVID-19 pandemic. At the national level, we’ve seen a national surge in opioid-related issues, and unfortunately DuPage is not immune to them. “

Hart said the additional funding will go a long way in fighting the opioid epidemic in the county.

“I think we’ve done a great job with the existing funding, but an additional round of funding and doubling the resources will undoubtedly have a wider impact,” he said.

Megann Horstead reported from Naperville News 17.

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