About HOPE

The Heroin/Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce is a joint operation of the DuPage County Board and the DuPage County Board of Health. The Taskforce consists of members from across many sectors in our community, specializing in mental health, law enforcement, adjudication, substance abuse treatment, prevention, and education.

The Taskforce is responsible for advising DuPage County elected leaders on needed program development, supporting infrastructure, and policy recommendations to address DuPage County’s opioid issues and may assist with other related issues as necessary. The Taskforce reports jointly to the County Board Chairman (through the Judicial Public Safety Committee) and the President of the DuPage County Board of Health.

The HOPE Taskforce is an interagency-interdisciplinary advisory task force with the following goals:

  1. Professionally and comprehensively assess opioid use within DuPage County
  2. Recommend effective and actionable policies, initiatives, and programs
  3. Measure success from desired program and initiative benchmarks and deliverables

To view a printable version of the HOPE Taskforce Charter, click here.

HOPE Taskforce Framework

  1. Reduce Access to Drugs
    • Expand RxBOX and other drug take back programs
      • Provide education for patients on importance of disposing properly of medications and engaging hospice providers for the same
      • Provide community education on importance of disposing medications properly
    • Provide education or technical assistance to healthcare organizations on how to set-up take back programs
    • Reduce supply of illicit drugs through law enforcement
  2. Reduce Opioid Use and Misuse
    • Reduce the number of opiates prescribed
    • Increase use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) by prescribers in DuPage County
    • Educate consumers about identifying opioid medications and advocating for alternatives
    • Increase use of non-opioid treatment options
    • Promote consistent safe prescribing messages and policies used by healthcare providers and health systems
    • Promote and provide safe prescriber training
  3. Increase Overdose Response
    • Make naloxone more accessible to first responders
    • Make naloxone more accessible to bystanders and those most at-risk for overdose
    • Communication campaign to increase awareness of 911 Good Samaritan Law and provision of treatment and harm reduction resources
    • Expand overdose follow-up provided by hospitals, fire departments, police departments, and social workers
  4. Integrated Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery
    • Increase treatment community capacity
    • Increase primary care and other healthcare provider referral to treatment
    • Coordinate with criminal justice system partners to increase screening and referral to treatment
    • Increase availability of Medication-Assisted Treatment
    • Promote integration of mental health and substance use disorder treatment
  5. Substance Use Prevention and Education
    • Enhance and promote prevention efforts (i.e. evidence-based curriculum for youth and messaging for general population)
    • Promote substance use disorder stigma reduction campaigns

Initial HOPE Taskforce Projects

The HOPE Taskforce received $100,000 from the DuPage County Board to support projects that address the opioid epidemic. The funding will support a Substance Use Treatment Navigation system for individuals seeking treatment for opioid use disorder, and a Specialty Drug Court for first-time drug offenders in DuPage County.

Upcoming HOPE Taskforce Meetings

Interested members of the community are invited to attend HOPE Taskforce meetings. View dates and locations for upcoming meetings, meeting agendas, and minutes from past meetings.

HOPE Taskforce Members

View a list of appointed members to the HOPE Taskforce.

The HOPE Taskforce is sponsored by: