Build Healthy & Resilient Communities
Maintain well-being of residents, focusing on the availability of accessible physical and behavioral health services for families, the aging population, and other populations in need.
Employment/Training Assistance for People with Disabilities
launched a program to increase the number of individuals with a disability receiving employment and training opportunities twefwefhrough the Job Center and in the past year has provided core job search services to 180 individuals and developed an employment plan with 35 individuals. The program is delivered in partnership with state and community agencies throughout Lake County including Illinois Department of Rehabilitation, Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, townships, College of Lake County Workforce and Professional Development Institute, and the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee. This program is funded through DOL’s Disability Employment Initiative grant.
Increased Opportunities for Youth
As part of the 2015 budget, additional funds were allocated to the summer youth program to increase the number of Lake County youth working during the summer months to provide them with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and earn a wage. Additional measures were put in place to engage the private sector in this program. The number of youth placed at worksites this summer increased from 171 last summer to 215 this summer with seven youth working in the private sector. In addition, Workforce Development worked with Great America to hire six youth from the Summer Youth applicant pool.
Growing the Manufacturing Workforce
In September 2013, Lake County Workforce Development launched the ATIM program in partnership with regional workforce development colleagues. The ATIM program is a job-driven program model providing classroom and on the job training in the manufacturing industry to eligible individuals. Through these grant funds, Workforce Development was able to enroll 57 unemployed individuals, including eight veterans, into training programs including safety training, CNC, welding and Mechatronics at College of Lake County and other training institutions. To date, 50 have received a safety certificate, 41 completed training, and 33 have found employment. The grant funds supported the making of a video to showcase the program’s success.
Workforce Development has been developing a one-stop business outreach program with Lake County Partners
and has also been improving systems to enhance ways for employers to find the right candidates for today’s jobs. Lake County Partners has completed 43 unique employer visits and continues to foster relationships and visits - creating a partner linkage with Workforce Development to address the workforce needs of local employers with ninety-six potential hires referred to current job openings. In addition, Workforce Development has worked with over 100 employers across all industry sectors through improved candidate recruitment efforts. These include hosting recruitment and hiring events at the Job Center for over 30 employers and assisting employers to source 72 qualified candidates for current jobs, resulting in 31 direct hires.
Affordable Care Act - Enroll Lake County!
From July 2013 to April 2015, the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center implemented the Enroll Lake County! project. Over the two year project period, Enroll Lake County! provided Affordable Care Act (ACA) information to 151,971 individuals. Of those, 58,846 received individual or group education; 33,714 received personal assistance; and 19,327 completed an application for a new form of health insurance. While the impact of the ACA and Enroll Lake County! efforts are still being analyzed, data after the 2014 open enrollment period showed the uninsured rate in Lake County dropping from ~11% to ~7%. The expectation is that this rate dropped even further following the 2015 open enrollment period. Learn more: ELC! website.
Prescription Drug Disposal Boxes
Over the last three years, Lake County Municipal Police Departments have been adding prescription drug disposal boxes in their lobbies. Currently, there are 26 boxes countywide. Since 2012, there has been an increased growth in weight collected by the disposal network from 6,000 pounds collected in 2012, to 16,000 pounds. It is estimated that for every 100 pounds of disposed medications placed in the municipal boxes, approximately 300 tablets of controlled substances are collected and disposed of by SWALCO on their monthly take back days. The street value of a controlled tablets in Lake County is roughly $25 per tablet. Based on these estimates, from January to May of 2015 more than $400,000 in street value of medications have been collected. The growth in collections comes from a collaboration between the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force, Lake County Municipal Police Departments, the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), the Lake County Health Department, the Lake County States Attorney’s office and the Sherriff’s department.
Naxolone Training and Broader Access
Overdose prevention efforts have expanded dramatically across Lake County by providing training and naloxone kits to police officers and sheriff deputies. Since July 2014, Health Department staff have trained 150 individuals to be trainers representing 36 local police department and the Sheriff’s Office. Those trained have gone back and trained about 1,200 more officers. Since Christmas Day 2014, 24 lives have been saved from drug overdoses. As of January 2015, any client of the Health Department is eligible to receive this training for free. Either the drug users or families and friends of drug users can call the Health Department at 847-377-8120 to schedule a time (half hour) to be trained and receive a free kit of medication.
New 5-Year Housing & Community Development Plan
Community development’s extensive six-month public engagement process yielded a new 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan focused on housing, jobs and neighborhood revitalization. For the first time, the Housing & Community Development Commission awarded Community Development Block Grant funds to “revitalize low/mod income business districts” and to “create low/mod income jobs” in a concerted effort to respond to the increase in the number of Lake County residents living in poverty since 2000. The new plan also offered targeted areas in the County’s areas of greatest need. Read the plan.