By taking advantage of  “A Way Out”, participants and their loved ones are given the opportunity for help and treatment to end the destructive cycle that substance abuse, dependency or addiction has caused in their lives. Participants are given the chance to avoid the biological, psychological and environmental harms and are set on a direct course to recovery. The only requirement of participants is their self-motivation to seek recovery.

If you are unable to pay for treatment due to lack of insurance 
or financial resources, you will not be turned away from 
participation. Program partners are able to accommodate a variety 
of circumstances and accept different insurance plans.

Anyone can utilize A Way Out to get connected to treatment resources regardless of insurance enrollment or ability to pay. Every effort will be made 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.

The program is set up so that participants will NOT be criminally
charged. There is no need to fear arrest or prosecution for 
seeking participation in this program.

You can find “A Way Out” in just a few easy steps:

  1. Locate a participating police department
  2. Walk in through the main doors of the department nearest you
  3. Tell the clerk at the reception window that you want to participate in “A Way Out”. If you are seeking help after open lobby hours, locate the call box on the wall and tell dispatch you want to participate in “A Way Out.” A program representative will be with you to take you through the next steps.
  4. Instructions for Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Highway Patrol, and Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit ONLY (for other agencies across Lake County click here):
    During regular working hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, participants may come to one of three Sheriff’s Department locations including:

Lake County Sheriff’s Office
25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 549-5200

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Highway Patrol
1301 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Call (847) 549-5200 to inform of intent to participate

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit
703 U.S. Rt. 12
Fox Lake, IL 60020
Call (847) 549-5200 to inform of intent to participate

The Sheriff’s staff will contact a deputy to work with the participant. If a participant reaches out for assistance and has no transportation, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will dispatch a deputy to pick up the participant. After regular business hours, participants may call (847) 549-5200 and request A Way Out. A deputy will be dispatched to the participant’s location if no transportation is available.

Next Steps
  1. A police department representative will meet with you and take you and/or your loved ones through the onboarding process, which includes filling out paperwork is filled out and signing program waivers. If you are in possession of any illegal or legal drugs, the representative will take them from you and destroy them appropriately.
  2. The Lake County Health Department will deliver a phone screening to determine the appropriate course of treatment services. Based on the evaluation of the phone screening, one of three treatment tracts will be recommended for you – hospitalization, outpatient or inpatient.
  3. If you are going through acute withdrawal, we will transport you to one of four participating Lake County hospitals, who will oversee your medical stabilization in preparation for entering treatment.
  4. 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.You will be transported there for a thorough assessment and treatment planning. Treatment may or may not be provided by Lake County Health Department or NICASA Behavioral Health Services. (See NOTE below for more detail.)
  5. If inpatient treatment is recommended, you will be transported to Gateway Foundation in Lake Villa where an assessment will be provided and a treatment plan will be recommended. Treatment may or may not be provided by Gateway Foundation of Lake Villa.
  6. If you are unable to pay for treatment due to lack of insurance or financial resources, you will not be turned away from participation. Program partners are able to accommodate a variety of circumstances and accept different insurance plans.

NOTE:

  • Lake County Health Department (if you are in need of outpatient or intensive outpatient services in eastern Lake County)
  • NICASA (if you are in need of outpatient or intensive outpatient services in western Lake County)
  • NICASA (if you are in need of outpatient or intensive outpatient treatment services delivered in Spanish)
  • Treatment may or may not be provided by the Lake County Health Department or NICASA Behavioral Health Services.