Taking HOPE on the Road

The HOPE ONE van, parked on a street in MorristownThe Morris County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Unit, in partnership with the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, Morris County Prevention is Key and their Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES), launched “HOPE ONE” on April 3, 2017.

“HOPE ONE” is a mobile recovery access center vehicle that travels twice a week to different locations throughout Morris County to meet with and provide critical support for individuals struggling with addiction, with the goal of preventing drug overdoses and deaths.  “HOPE ONE” is staffed with a Morris County Sheriff’s Officer, licensed clinician and a certified peer recovery specialist who understand the needs of those suffering from addiction are able to provide clients immediate access to services and treatment facilities, leading them on the road to recovery and wellness.  In addition, Narcan training and kits are provided to family members and friends of those suffering with Opiate addiction.

3 members of the HOPE ONE staff, set up in a tent outside of the vanHOPE One is a vehicle that was previously utilized during tactical operations.  All law enforcement logos and lights have been removed from the vehicle.  The exterior now has a purple ribbon to signify recovery and “HOPE ONE” is inscribed within the purple ribbon.  A 24 hour contact number for Morris County CARES is on the vehicle along with the “Stigma Free” logo.

This brand new approach delivers services in a unique way, blending law enforcement and social services to bring HOPE into communities.  To allow for more interaction and the ability to connect with individuals suffering from addiction, the HOPE ONE mobile recovery access center travels to different communities within Morris County, the vehicle parks and sets up refreshments in an effort to encourage those in need of services to approach the vehicle.  Providing a comfortable, stigma free setting has allowed this program to effectively make contact with and provide services to individuals who have had difficulty navigating the journey of accessing appropriate services in the past.

Some locations that HOPE ONE will be travelling to in the near future are:

5/1/17, 9a-2p
Our Lady Star of the Sea
204 Espinong Rd
Lake Hopatcong (Jefferson)

5/4/17, 9a-2p
Madison Train Station
Lincoln Place

5/8/2017, 9a-2p
Trinity Church
Mercer and Blackwell Streets