MORRISTOWN, NJ - There was a big celebration on the Green today when the Hope One Mobile Recovery Vehicle celebrated its first anniversary. Sheriff Gannon, who conceived the notion of Hope One and brought it to fruition one year ago led the ceremony. With conviction he said that "People are sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
The rain didin't keep the large crowd away. In addition to the Sheriff, several Freeholders were in attendance as the County board helped move this initiative from concept to reality. Also in attendance was newly elected Chester Councilman Mike Inganamort who had this to say "I am proud to be at the one-year anniversary of Hope One, the mobile outreach element of Morris County’s plan to combat the opioid epidemic. Chester Township is the latest Morris County municipality to join the Stigma Free Initiative. Congratulations and thanks to Sheriff James Gannon and the Board of Freeholders for spearheading this important work.”
Also in attendance was candidate for Mendham Township Committee, Stan Gorski. He remarked, "I can't believe this has been a year already. What important great work Sheriff Gannon is leading. He is saving lives.”
Hope One is a mobile recovery access vehicle that offers critical support for persons struggling with addiction, with the goals of preventing drug overdoses and deaths.
From the Sheriff's Website:
The Sheriff’s Community Services Unit operates HOPE ONE in partnership with the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, and Morris County Prevention is Key and their Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES).
HOPE ONE travels twice a week to locations throughout Morris County, bringing services to persons in need. A Sheriff’s officer, licensed clinician, and a certified peer recovery specialist – who understand the needs of those suffering with addiction — staff the vehicle.
They are able to provide clients immediate access to services and treatment facilities, putting 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.
In its previous life, the HOPE ONE vehicle had been utilized in police tactical operations. Now, all law enforcement logos and lights are gone.
The exterior is decorated with a purple ribbon to signify recovery. “HOPE ONE” is inscribed within the purple ribbon, along with the Morris County “Stigma Free” logo. A 24 hour contact number for Morris County CARES also is on the vehicle
This new approach delivers help 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.