Problem Solving Courts receives generous contribution
2/14/2018, 8 a.m.
Joliet– Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow received a $50,000 contribution from a generous anonymous donor that has led to the formation of a not-for-profit organization that will supplement services, training, and equipment for Will County’s Problem Solving Courts, which are on the frontline in battling the opioid epidemic.
State’s Attorney Glasgow created the organization, Friends of Will County Problem Solving Courts, and will chair its Board of Directors. Directors also include Will County Board Member Suzanne Hart and retired Will County Board Member Ann Dralle. The board met recently for the first time to establish and approve its bylaws and to formally accept the generous donation.
Hart was instrumental in securing the contribution from the anonymous donor, who is a friend and former business leader who lost a family member to a heroin overdose.
“Our donor understands firsthand the tragic toll in human life that the opioid crisis continues to claim,” Hart said. “He wanted to turn his personal tragedy and sadness into a positive force that will bring an end to this epidemic. He knows that the Will County Problem Solving Courts have helped hundreds of people, including many veterans, battle their addictions and reclaim their lives. We’re incredibly pleased he has chosen to support these vital programs.”
State’s Attorney Glasgow spearheaded the creation of Will County’s first Problem Solving Court in the late 1990s when he wrote a grant the led to the formation of the Will County Drug Court. The success of that program led him to initiate the formation of the Will County Veterans Court in 2012 to assist veterans who struggled with addiction, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, and other disorders resulting from their service. He also pushed for the creation of a Mental Health Court to assist those struggling with mental health issues, and a Redeploy Illinois Court to steer qualifying repeat offenders away from criminal activities.
All of these highly specialized programs, which involve intensive court supervision, addiction treatment, counseling, and therapy, now fall under the umbrella of the Will County Problem Solving Courts.