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Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy (ICDP)

 
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The Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy was established in 2005 and is housed at Roosevelt University’s Institute for Metropolitan Affairs (IMA) in Chicago, Illinois. The Consortium creates policy recommendations derived from analysis of quantitative data sets, interviews with impacted populations, legislative reviews, and lessons learned from around the nation. The Consortium engages in projects that intersect with drugs and the criminal justice system and aims to inform Illinois public policy by disseminating information that informs policy-making. 

Our Mission

The Consortium’s primary objectives are to promote discussion of alternatives to Illinois’ current drug policies and to serve as a forum for the open, honest, and thoughtful exchange of ideas. We aspire to serve both the general public and populations significantly affected by drug policies through careful analysis of current policies in the areas of housing, employment, education, social services, healthcare and economics. We aim to offer sensible, prudent, just and economically viable alternatives to ineffective policies. The Consortium seeks meaningful change by increasing dialogue, heightening public awareness, meeting with legislators, organizing individuals and communities, and expanding outreach to other organizations that are also impacted by drug policies.  The Consortium views individuals and communities that have been directly impacted by drug policies as an integral component for change.

Our Vision

The Consortium envisions a time when Illinoisans discuss and view substance use disorders in a new way—as a public health problem, rather than simply a criminal justice issue.  We aspire to see treatment delivered when individuals need it and to provide care based on individual needs. We endeavor to promote initiatives and policies that recognize the nexus between substance use, mental health problems and factors related to being a member of a disadvantaged population. We also encourage work that seeks to reduce the physical, psychological, social and legal harms associated with substance use. The Consortium sees a future where drug use declines as we reduce the demand for drugs through advancements in treatment and prevention programming, and where those who receive services help determine how these services are delivered.  The Consortium pictures Illinois as a national leader in fostering healthy individuals and communities and providing evidence-based treatment for addiction disorders. The Consortium conceives of a world where individuals who have criminal records are given opportunities to contribute to society through employment, community building, and civic engagement.    

Activities Undertaken by the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy

The Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, a project of the Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, undertakes a large number of activities in its research, evaluation and discussion of drug policies, including:

  • Tracking pertinent legislation in the local, state and national legislative bodies
  • Providing research support to advocacy groups, legislators and interested parties  
  • Assessing the current political and public climate to develop/refine drug policy or criminal justice issues
  • Organizing and mobilizing interested parties and community-based organizations  
  • Assisting current advocates through general support, training, education, networking and development  
  • Developing media outreach with news organizations, newsletters, and a web presence    
  • Build community relationships to talk about concerns, share research, and exchange ideas 
  • Researching and developing innovative drug education and prevention approaches                                                

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For more information, please contact our director, Kathie Kane-Willis at kkane@roosevelt.edu or 312-341-4336

Recent Drug Policy Publications

Patchwork Policy: an evaluation of arrests and tickets for marijuana misdemeanors in Illinois

Executive Summary - [PDF]
Full Report - [PDF]
Appendix - [PDF]
Kathleen Kane-Willis
Giovanni Aviles
Marcia Bazen
Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch
May 2014

A Multiple Indicator Analysis of Heroin and Opiate Use in Missouri: 2001 to 2011

Full Report - [PDF]
Executive Summary - [PDF]
Kathleen Kane-Willis
Stephanie J. Schmitz
Marcia Bazan
Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch
March 2013

Heroin Use: National and Illinois Perspectives (2008-2010) (PDF, 749K)
Kathleen Kane-Willis
Stephanie J. Schmitz
Marcia Bazan
Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch
August 2012

Alternative Sanctions for Marijuana Misdemeanants: A preliminary investigation into ticketing for cannabis possession offenders in Chicago (PDF)
Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University
June 2012

Understanding Suburban Heroin Use

Full report (PDF, 1,059K)
Executive summary  (PDF, 325K)
Suburban Heroin Use Case Studies (Word, 50K)  
Kathleen Kane-Willis 
Stephanie J. Schmitz   
Marcia Bazan  
Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch  
Clayton B. Wallace
October 2011 

Heroin Use in Illinois: A Ten-Year Multiple Indicator Analysis, 1998 to 2008 (PDF, 3 MB)
Heroin Use in Illinois: Executive Summary and Findings (PDF, 541 KB)
Stephanie Schmitz
Kathleen Kane-Willis
June 2010

New Directions for Illinois Drug Policy: An Update on Incarceration for Drug Offenses In Illinois (PDF, 332 KB)
Kathleen Kane-Willis
Gregory Greenman
Stephanie Schmitz
June 2009

Through a Different Lens: Shifting the Focus on Illinois Drug Policy - an examination of states' solutions and applicability to Illinois (PDF, 4 MB)
Kathleen Kane-Willis
Jennifer Janichek
Tiffini Cooley
Alison Grimmer
Keara Enoch
Stephanie Schmitz
May 2007

Timeline: Historical Drug Policy Changes and Number of Illinois Individuals Incarcerated for Drug Offenses from 1984 to 2002
May 2007

Intersecting Voices: Impacts of Illinois’ Drug Policies (PDF, 536K)
Kathleen Kane-Willis
Jennifer Janichek
Daniel Clark
August 2006

A Multiple Indicator Analysis of Alcohol and Drug Use in LaPorte County, Indiana: 2000 to 2005 (PDF, 162K)
Kathleen Kane-Willis
Jennifer Janichek
August 2006

A Multiple Indicator Analysis of Heroin Use in Northwest Indiana (Word, 319K)
Stephanie Schmitz-Bechteler and Kathleen Kane-Willis
January 2005

A Multiple Indicator Analysis of Heroin Use in the Chicago Metropolitan Area: 1995 to 2002 (PDF, 144K)
March 2004
Kathleen Kane-Willis

Stephanie Schmitz-Bechteler