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Safe Passage in Taylorville Spreads Success To More Communities

Safe Passage in Taylorville is dedicated to serving citizens struggling with addiction, helping them get back on their feet by aiding in legal counsel, employment, and even custody. Since the start of the Safe Passage program in 2019, Denise Evans, the Director, and the coordinators have helped some 800 people return to sobriety.

Denise Evans has spoken about expanding the Safe Passage services to police departments around the state. As Safe Passage began to heal people in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties, the City of Clinton has recently got on board.
Evans speaks on the process it takes to get the program into more cities, and her recent conversation with Ben Lowers, the Clinton Chief of Police.


Now that Evans’ goal of expanding Safe Passage into more police departments around the state, recovered addicts will be recognized through an outreach blitz to market these success stories showing that the same success can be obtained in different towns.


In the communities that have gotten involved with Safe Passage, many have expanded with more facilities to accommodate citizens with outpatient programs. With the positive response from Clinton Police Chief Lowers and the continued support from Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, the Safe Passage program has the momentum it needs.


Evans reminds citizens that the Safe Passage services are always here to help those struggling with addiction. Those looking for help can walk into the Taylorville Police Station for help with their situation while not being detained for their history.

To contact Taylorville Police Department call 217-824-2211. To contact Denise Evans call 217-638-3247.

Denise Evans appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

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