PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Carmel Police Department, and Kent Police Department will join the Hope Not Handcuffs Hudson Valley Addiction Recovery Program, a proactive approach for people struggling with drug addiction.

Susan Salomone, executive director of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard, which supports the program, said it was a “first step in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.”

Anyone seeking help in their fight against drug or alcohol addiction can come to any of those police headquarters and ask for the Hope Not Handcuffs program. They will be treated with compassion and respect. A call will be made to an “Angel” volunteer from the Hope Not Handcuffs-Hudson Valley team who will actively seek out a treatment plan. Individuals suffering from addiction will instantly have an advocate and a network of resources designed to lead them to success.

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Hope Not Handcuffs is a proactive approach to reach out to people struggling with drug addiction to encourage them to seek recovery and regain control of their lives.

Hope Not Handcuffs-Hudson Valley, a program of the Tri-County Community Partnership, is aimed at bringing law enforcement, community organizations and volunteers together to find viable treatment options for individuals who seek help to reduce dependency with any substance including heroin, prescription drugs, and alcohol.

HNH was founded in Michigan and since its inception, has expanded to include over 80 police departments in nine counties in Michigan and has successfully connected more than 2,900 participants with the resources and treatment they need and deserve. With Tri-County Community Partnership’s assistance, Hope Not Handcuffs-Hudson Valley spread to New York State last year, making it a national organization.

The Tri-County Community Partnership has the support of not just Drug Crisis in our Backyard, but Putnam Communities That Care Coalition and The Prevention Council of Putnam as well.

HNH-HV seeks local Angel volunteers. To sign up to be an Angel, visit tricountycommunitypartnership.org/hope-not-handcuffs. For any questions email PutnamAngels@gmail.com or call 833-428-4673.

A training session for all volunteer Angels will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services in Carmel.