Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim held the first “Call to Action” meeting on May 21, 2013. The Lake County Opioid/Heroin Prevention Task Force was co-founded by State’s Attorney Nerheim, Chelsea Laliberte, Executive Director of Live4Lali, Bruce Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of NICASA Behavioral Health Services, and George Filenko, Chief of the Round Lake Park Police Department and Commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force.
The Lake County Opioid /Heroin Prevention Task Force is comprised of members from law enforcement, first responders, treatment providers, local hospitals, school districts, faith-based members and government officials. The task force, divided into committees, continues working on the strategic plan for the initiation of services for the drug problem affecting Lake County. The goal is to come together as a community, analyze the challenges, and formulate preventative solutions.
The Lake County Opioid/Heroin Prevention Task Force aids in the efforts to reduce recidivism through strategic efforts relating to issues confronting users and ex-offenders. The task force provides resources to steer individuals, charged with a crime and released from the criminal justice system, into a productive, healthy and self-sufficient lives.