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Mobile Outreach Vehicle Providing Addiction Services Launches in Atlantic County


August 13, 2018 CWO Timothy Reed

office: 609-909-7214 cell: 609-742-5103


Mobile Outreach Vehicle Providing Addiction Services

Launches in Atlantic County

Sheriff’s Office hosts kickoff event Thursday August 16

The office of Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler, together with the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Foundation Inc., Atlanticare , Shore Medical and several partner agencies are responding to Atlantic County’s need for accessible addiction services by launching Hope One Atlantic County, a mobile response unit that will offer critical support for people struggling with addiction. This will be the first mobile unit launched in the county.

The Hope One initiative is being launched through the efforts of Sheriff Eric Scheffler to combat the heroin epidemic in Atlantic County. A recent report found that deaths from drug overdoses in Atlantic County more than doubled from 2016 to 2017 – the worst rate in the state.

The mobile outreach unit will travel into Atlantic County communities with a high rate of drug overdoses, offering individualized treatment for those suffering from addiction. Based on a successful Hope One model launched in Monmouth County, the Atlantic County unit’s mobile staff will include a sheriff’s officer, a licensed clinician and a certified peer recovery who understand the needs of those suffering with addiction and who can triage individuals in crisis. The mobile outreach unit will be equipped with Narcan kits, and staff can make referrals to nearby treatment centers.

Representatives from Atlanticare, Shore Medical Center, Legacy Treatment Services, Banyan Treatment Services, RCA at Lighthouse, Join Together Atlantic County, Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, SJ Aids Alliance, US VETERANS AFFAIRS and many other partner agencies will be on the mobile outreach unit to provide onboarding, intakes, assist with Medicare applications and more. The project is managed by Tim Reed, retired police chief of Brigantine and now Chief Warrant Officer of the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office.

WHAT: Kickoff Ceremony for Hope One Atlantic County

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Atlantic County Criminal Court Complex – Lot G

4997 Unami Boulevard

Mays Landing, NJ 08330

WHO: Local public officials, including Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler;

Leadership representatives from partners including Atlanticare, Legacy Treatment Services, Shore Medical Center, South Jersey AIDS Alliance, JTAC , Banyan Treatment Center, Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse, The Hansen Foundation and more.

DETAILS: Speakers will be Sheriff Eric Scheffler, Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, Senator Chris A. Brown , Media in attendance will be invited to tour the Hope One bus before it officially launches its services in September.

About the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Foundation

The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization, brings together the business, civic and other professional communities to promote public safety initiatives by providing financial and in-kind resources to the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office. The organization seeks to expand public safety awareness by advancing public safety policy and community outreach objectives. The mission is simple, but critical: to provide supplemental resources in technology, training and equipment for local law enforcement to fight crime and enhance community engagement initiatives in Atlantic County. The programs funded are ultimately intended to enhance overall public safety and help build stronger relationships between the community and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office.

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