Health Lab, Crime Lab Westside Narcotics Diversion and Treatment Initiative

A research collaboration between the Crime Lab and Health Lab, the Westside Narcotics Diversion and Treatment Initiative began as an effort to pilot and evaluate a new diversion and treatment program in Chicago police districts 10, 11, and 15. With encouraging early results, CPD has committed to expand the program beginning in Spring 2018.

Partnering on this work are the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and Thresholds Clinic. Under the expansion, CPD officers will have the ability to divert “eligible” individuals apprehended for narcotics offences to treatment in lieu of arrest. Thresholds will staff a full time clinician – 12 hours a day, 7 days a week – to work on-site in CPD. The clinician will perform screenings, assessments and engage eligible participants and walk-ins to SUD treatment.

The Health & Crime Labs are providing design, implementation and evaluation support.