A Way Out


Who is not eligible to participate in “A Way Out?”

We do not discriminate against any individuals who want to participate in “A Way Out”. However, if you have a warrant out for your arrest or are currently being charged with a crime in Lake County, we cannot permit participation. The police department will look into your case and determine the appropriate course of action.

How does/should substance use disorder treatmentwork?

Please review the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Effective Treatment for information on a recommended approach to the treatment process, and NIDA’s overview on Types of Treatment. We are committed to upholding evidence-based models of treatment through “A Way Out.”

Will anyone know about my participation in “ A WayOut”?

No. This program maintains 100% confidentiality and waivers are signed to uphold this promise.

Can my loved one(s) join me in the process? 

Yes. We provide waivers for you to sign indicating specific details of your loved one’s involvement in your treatment plan based entirely on your preference.

If I become an “A Way Out” participant and relapse after completing treatment, will I be kicked out of the program?

No. Relapse or lapses in sobriety can be part of the recovery process. We do not view them as failures, only indicators that more treatment may be required. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “relapse rates" (i.e.,how often symptoms recur) for people with addiction and other substance use disorders are similar to relapse rates for other well-understood chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, which also have both physiological and behavioral components. Treatment of chronic diseases involves changing deeply embedded behaviors, and relapse does not mean treatment has failed. For a person recovering from addiction, lapsing back to drug use indicates that treatment needs to be reinstated or adjusted or that another treatment should be tried.”

Will other police departments in Lake County beparticipating?

Yes. As the program is a pilot, it will be rolled out in three phases. The first phase includes the seven listed agencies on the Participating PD’s page. Following the launch of the program on June 1, 2016,an evaluation process will occur to determine best practices and make any other necessary adjustments. Once policies and procedures have been updated, we will add in two other groups of police agencies over the course of the year. It is a goal of the Lake County Opioid Initiative for every police agency in Lake County to offer this program.

If I don’t have a health insurance plan will I beable to participate in the program? 

Yes. A Way Out will make every effort to match participants with an available treatment provider who accepts the participant’s commercial insurance, Medicaid plan, or has financial assistance programs. Many Illinois residents who have no insurance, and no income or ability to pay, will qualify for assistance through the State of Illinois Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA). Participants will be informed of any out of pocket costs by the treatment provider.  At times, funding options and bed availability may limit the options of treatment placements, but every effort will be made to place a participant as soon as possible, often same day.

If I have a health insurance plan, do I need to use it? 

Utilizing health insurance plans will minimize the out of pocket treatment costs for the participant,however many organizations have self-pay options as an alternative.  

Does the A Way Out Program pay for treatment services?

At this time A Way Out and the Lake County Opioid Initiative cannot contribute to treatment costs, however the program is actively seeking many funding options .. . stay tuned!

Outpatient Appointments

If outpatient treatment is recommended, an appointment will be made for you at The Lake County Health Department or Nicasa Behavioral Health Services that day or on the next business day for a thorough assessment and treatment planning.·