South suburban agency gets county contract for substance abuse counseling

2013-05-29T21:00:00Z 2013-05-29T22:33:15Z South suburban agency gets county contract for substance abuse counselingGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 29, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

CHICAGO | The Cook County Board on Wednesday approved a contract paying more than $1 million to four entities, including one in the south suburbs, to provide counseling and other services to people who receive probation for drug-related offenses.

The County Board will pay $1.056 million in total, including $276,000 to the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

The East Hazel Crest-based group, which also receives some funding from Illinois state government, will work for the county under this contract for the next three years, although there are two, one-year renewal options.

Participants in the program assigned by the courts are supervised by the county’s Adult Probation Department Services.

Three other entities receiving money are based in Chicago and provide services to people who live in parts of Cook County outside of the south suburbs.

The County Board also approved a contract with the Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities group to run a drug diversion and educational program for nonviolent adult drug offenders with limited criminal backgrounds.

TASC Inc. will be paid $702,034 for the work between Dec. 1 and Nov. 30, 2014.

Commissioner Deborah Sims, D-Chicago, whose district stretches south to include suburbs such as Riverdale and Harvey, was concerned that TASC submitted the lone bid for the contract, and wondered if officials should try seeking more bids before awarding the contract.

Jennifer Gray, of the state’s attorney’s office, said the contact needs to be awarded now, although she said officials could try to seek more bids when the matter comes up again in the future.

“We understand the issue,” she said. “We can continue this conversation.”

County officials also awarded a contract paying $922,041.50 to Ray O’Herron Co. for the next five years to provide ammunition to the county sheriff’s Training Institute.

The Oakbrook Terrace-based company also was the lone bidder for this contract, and Zelda Whitler of the sheriff’s office said this contract has received only single bids the last two times it was submitted.

Commissioner Peter Silvestri, R-Elmwood Park, said he thought it “unusual” there wouldn’t be more interest in selling ammunition to the county sheriff, although Commissioner Edwin Reyes, D-Chicago, a retired Illinois State Police officer, said many manufacturers are having trouble keeping up with the demand for ammunition.

With some people anticipating the approval of a concealed carry measure for Illinois, Reyes said, “a lot of folks are stocking up.”

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