ROXBURY, NJ - The Morris County Sheriff's Office Hope One van, which offers critical support for persons struggling with addiction, is coming to Roxbury next week.

Hope One travels twice a week to locations throughout Morris County, bringing services to persons in need. The Roxbury visit will take place March 14 at Kiwanis Park, 9 Makin Lane, in Succasunna, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., said the Sheriff's Office.

The van's visit will take place at the same time the Kiwanis Club of Greater Roxbury will be distributing free food at the site to those in need.

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The Hope One vehicle is staffed by a Sheriff’s Officer, a licensed clinician and a certified peer recovery specialist who "understand the needs of those suffering with addiction," the Sheriff's Office said.

The staff on site provides information about rehab, detox services, mental health services and recovery services. The team, wearing protective masks and gear, will also be offering free Narcan training.

The Hope One vehicle, previously was used in police tactical operations. The van, which is decorated with a purple ribbon to signify recovery, is described as a unique way to blend law enforcement and social services in helping to prevent drug overdoses and deaths.

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).

The vehicle parks and sets up refreshments in an effort to encourage those in need of services to approach.

"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," said the Sheriff's Office.

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