“I’m glad that the county is taking a holistic approach to the problem of addiction,” said Will County Board Speaker Jim Moustis. “The drug court has helped individuals suffering from addiction become productive citizens again and I’m confident that these new inpatient services will help even more people recover as well as save taxpayers money by keeping people out of jail.”
“The reduction in wait time is critically important,” said Will County Board Member Beth Rice (D-Bolingbrook). “If we can help people get out of jail, become drug free and lead successful lives, all for less money than we are spending now, I see absolutely no reason not to move forward with this program.”
Occasionally, a person who is eligible for this program is in need of inpatient treatment. With the addition of inpatient services at the Adult Detention Center, an entire new population can be reached for rehabilitation. Family Guidance Services has experience running inpatient drug treatment programs and will operate these new services at the Will County Jail.
“This program has the potential to transform so many lives,” said former Circuit Judge Carla Policandriotes who now consults for Family Guidance Services. “These individuals are often very young and a felony on their record can have devastating impact on their future.”
Policandroites said the program is funded completely with grant money and user fees. She said that the inpatient program will start with a pilot of 15 males. Successful completion of the pilot will lead to an expansion of services for even more offenders.
“The taxpayers in Will County have the potential to see some real savings with this kind of program because we don’t have all of the costs that come with incarcerating someone,” said Will County Board member Mike Fricilone (R-Homer Glen). “It really is a win-win situation where individuals can get their lives back on track and we lessen the burden on taxpayers.”
The success of the drug court has provided the confidence level needed to launch the inpatient pilot program. The drug court successfully operates two recovery homes, and provides people with the tools to succeed in their recovery and have their felony expunged from their record.