From the Tribune:
John Pfeiffer, deputy commissioner of Family and Support Services. also said the department is planning to launch a pilot program to engage people drinking on the street in Uptown "to provide them with more information about available detox and treatment programs, to help them come in off the street, address their substance use problem and (help them) move forward productively. It's an effort to try to wrap services around them on the street where they are drinking and where they use drugs."We'd be happy to give DFSS a few hints about where to find the biggest concentrations of public drinkers: Kenmore and Argyle (pictured); Wilson and Broadway; Montrose and Sheridan.... where else does this take place 24/7?
Ald. James Cappleman, 46th, a former social worker still known to hit the streets to try to persuade chronic alcohol and drug abusers to get help, said he pushed for the program.
"We have people in this small area who have hundreds of arrests, and arresting them over and over again is not working," Cappleman said. He cited the case of one chronic drinker, saying she calls ambulances twice a day. "The cost of that is probably well over $1 million a year, for that individual," Cappleman said.
"This is where police and social services are working hand in hand together," he added. "That has never happened in the city of Chicago to that extent."