DuPage County has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
NACo recognized the Recovery and Manufacturing-A Path Up (RAMP-Up) program in the Community and Economic Development Category. The RAMP-Up program provides manufacturing certification training to individuals in recovery from opioid use and substance abuse, allowing them to obtain meaningful employment, while also providing local employers with a distinct talent pool. The program began with a public-private partnership started by DuPage County’s Workforce Development Division (workNet DuPage) and the Heroin-Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce.
“One of the greatest challenges facing our community is the opioid crisis, and we are constantly searching for new ways to reduce the impact of the opioid epidemic on our county,” County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said in a statement. “The RAMP-Up Program represents a transformative opportunity offering real change and a measurable impact on the people and communities involved. We are grateful to our innovative workNet DuPage team who brought this creative solution forward and to their colleagues in the Public Defender’s Office, the State’s Attorney’s Office and in the probation system who identified and supported program candidates.”