Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronado, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden and Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni celebrate the launch of HOPE One
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden and Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni unveiled HOPE One on Monday evening during the National Night Out gathering in Asbury Park.
The mobile unit staffed with a sheriff’s officer, a certified peer recovery specialist and a licensed clinician that will travel to targeted communities in the county connecting individuals with substance use disorder and family members, to immediate services, treatment facilities and Naloxone training is the latest innovation in the County’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid addiction epidemic.
“The heroin epidemic remains one of the most important crises law enforcement in Monmouth County must conquer and HOPE One will be a vital asset, as we continue to lead the way in the fight against drug abuse,” said Sheriff Golden. “This mobile outreach component, the first of its kind in Monmouth County, will lead to a path of recovery. Instead of individuals who are struggling with addiction coming to us, we travel to them, meet one on one, and offer services and options which will help combat drug overdoses and deaths.”
There have been 114 overdose deaths so far in 2018 in Monmouth County, with 84 of them being heroin related. Hope One will travel into the communities several times weekly in an effort to prevent further overdose deaths and provide those suffering with a path to recovery.
“HOPE One is a great example of the outside-the-box thinking that we need to help those in dire need of assistance,” said Christopher Gramiccioni, Monmouth County Prosecutor. “A mobile assistance unit brings another vital resource to our communities when we cannot rely on drug abuse to stop at town boundaries. This presents us with a vital opportunity to reach a person that may not otherwise have the ability to take the first step towards addiction treatment.”
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office’s 32 feet long mobile outreach unit was once the Communications Division’s Field Communications truck and utilized for large-scale incidents and community events.
Representatives from Hackensack Meridian Health, Carrier Clinic, NJ Reentry Corp, Mainstream Recovery, Ocean Mental Health Services and Behavioral Wellness and Recovery are assisting in providing the much needed recovery services for individuals.
Posted: August 8th, 2018 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office | Tags: Asbury Park National Night Out, HOPE One, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Opioid Addiction Crisis, Sheriff Shaun Golden | 1 Comment »