Chicago Announcements July 9, 2021

The Chicago Police Department and Chicago Department of Public Health on Thursday announced an expansion of their Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program, which is “designed to divert individuals with a substance use disorder away from the criminal justice system and towards treatment and recovery services.” The program launched in late 2018 in the West Side Harrison District and has since expanded to 11 districts. But it will expand to all 22 districts in the city by the end of the year, officials said Thursday. The program allows arrestees 18 or older with “no previous violent arrests” to “opt into a substance use disorder assessment with a clinician.”   

Chicago Department of Transportation officials held an event with Lyft and Ald. Michael Scott (24) on Thursday to kick off the expansion of the Divvy bikeshare system into the city’s Northwest and Southwest Side, with 107 new stations set to be spread across the 35-square-mile expansion zone. The expansion will extend the Divvy network out to the city’s western limits between Irving Park Road and 51st Street. The city plans by the end of next year for the stations to be located all over the city, including the Far Northwest Side and Far Southwest Side areas not currently covered. 

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