Ohio Advocates Map Out Child Services Reforms As Opioid-Fueled ‘Tsunami’ Of Kids Taken From Homes Levels Off
An advocacy group has presented a "Family First'' plan to the governor-elect to provide a continuum of care that starts with in-home services for children at risk of being removed from their families. In other news on the opioid epidemic, Illinois counties are offering treatment instead of jail time.
Torrent Of Ohio Children Removed From Drug-Ravaged Families Peaks
A wave of Ohio children removed from their homes for neglect or abuse appears to have peaked, but the state's children's services system remains in crisis, a new report shows. That's partly because the number of kids rose so high that the decline is mild in comparison, and the system of care and services needs a change, according to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. (DeMio, 1/2)
Kane County Treatment Program Would Offer Drug Users Amnesty, 'A Way Out' Of Addiction
With a focus on treatment rather than jail time, Kane County officials plan to launch a pilot program later this year that provides amnesty to drug addicts and links them directly to rehabilitative programs. The “A Way Out” program — which also runs in Lake and McHenry counties — allows anyone suffering from substance abuse to walk into the lobby of a participating police station and ask for help, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said. They’ll be able to dispose of their unwanted drugs without receiving any possession charges. (Jones, 1/2)