A new police social worker program in McHenry County is the result of the county's efforts to increase shared services among local governments. Social workers in the new program will support police officers during mental health-related calls across the county.
ON TO 2050, the region's comprehensive plan, encourages local governments to pursue more service-sharing partnerships.
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) recently supported a study in McHenry County that identified opportunities for sharing services and other forms of intergovernmental coordination. The study has helped lead to new partnerships like the social worker program. These arrangements can help local governments increase efficiency, improve quality, and expand access to services.