Your Safety and Well-Being

The Lake County Board cares about the physical and emotional well-being of our residents and communities. This includes a nimble response to creating programs to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a commitment to an integrated, humane, data-driven justice system with innovative programs aimed at reducing crime, recidivism, family violence and substance abuse, a focus on broad access to behavioral health services, spearheading a Regional 911 consolidation effort and more.

Ongoing: COVID-19 Response

Since the onset of the pandemic, the Lake County Health Department has been sharing important COVID-19 information with our residents, our businesses, and our community partners, every day, with the goal of keeping everyone safe and healthy. For the latest information about COVID-19, including how to register for the vaccine, visit lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus.

Ongoing: Prioritizing American Rescue Plan Act Funds

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law to provide federal funding to local governments for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. ARPA will provide $135.2 million in direct local recovery assistance to Lake County Government. The Lake County Board established a Special Committee on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery and Investments that is actively working to assess and prioritize potential projects and programs under the Lake County Forward initiative. View the 2021 Recovery Plan to learn how Lake County is working towards long-term spending initiatives to lead to a full recovery from the pandemic and help Lake County bounce back stronger than ever.  

Ongoing: Regional 9-1-1 Consolidation

Lake County is spearheading an effort with 21 partner agencies to consolidate regional 9-1-1 services in Lake County in order to provide the highest quality 9-1-1 service and lasting value for the residents of participating communities. Learn more

Ongoing: Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid training offered by the Lake County Health Department is available to any adult in Lake County. The training is encouraged for everyone to better prepare them to talk to friends and family about mental health struggles and how to assist them to get help when needed. The classes are free and are being offered virtually during the pandemic. For more information, go to mentalhealth.today.

January 2022: Open Burning Restrictions in Unincorporated Lake County 

The Lake County Board approved permanent open burning restrictions within unincorporated Lake County. Franchise waste hauler agreements to provide consolidated waste hauling services in unincorporated areas within certain townships were also approved. The new open burning restrictions and waste hauling agreements go into effect on June 1, 2022. Read more

December 2021: Law Enforcement Agencies Partner to Better Respond to Mental Health Calls

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office along with six other Lake County law-enforcement agencies have begun a partnership to better respond to mental health calls through a pilot initiative. This new expansion of the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COaST), will feature a social worker, clinician, or peer specialist who will be partnered with sheriff’s deputy or police officer from a partner agency. Learn more

October 2021: Lake County 2-1-1 Service Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary

The County’s 2-1-1 service, launched in 2019, enables residents to get the help they need 24 hours a day, regardless of the language they speak or where they live. The service, administered by United Way of Lake County, received critical funding from Lake County government. The service has been especially important recently due to the increased needs of our residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests for help have come in from every zip code in Lake County. Learn more

August 2021: Expansion of Living Room Wellness Center 

Too often, individuals experiencing a mental health crisis wind up incarcerated or going to emergency rooms, and don’t get connected with the critical services they need. To address this issue, the Living Room Wellness Center has expanded its operations and is now open seven days a week all year for anyone in Lake County experiencing increased mental health symptoms or near-crisis due to emotional distress. Learn more

April 2021: Lake County Launches Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Lake County renters who face financial hardship related to COVID-19 may apply for the new Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance (FERA) Program, which provides help for individuals paying rent and/or utility bills. Learn more

September 2020: Lake County Board Commits $121.5 Million to COVID-19 Recovery

On Sept. 29, 2020, the Lake County Board voted to appropriate and re-allocate $121.5 million in funding it received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to support Lake County residents, communities, taxing districts, businesses, and countywide services in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more

March 2020: Disaster Proclamation Allows Lake County to Access Resources for COVID-19 Response

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart signed a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, a proactive measure allows Lake County to access additional state and federal funding and resources for coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. Read more