Chicago Increases Community Investment to Fight Opioids

In March 2018, Chicago Mayor Emanuel and the Department of Public Health committed $225,000 to the Chicago Recovery Alliance to expand community interventions, place-based behavioral health support, and opioid addiction treatment.

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Julie Morita said, "By investing in our communities, we will empower residents to share knowledge and resources so they can reduce the negative impact opioids are having on our communities. Now community members with lived experiences will educate their neighbors and friends not just on the potential dangers of opioids, but on how to reverse deadly overdoses and get effective treatment."

The project will be implemented in partnership with the Men and Women in Prison Ministries and Heartland Human Care Services and will hire and train community members that have also experiences opioid addiction as peer health workers.