STAFFORD - The Blue Hart (Heroin, Addiction, Response Team) is a cooperative Law Enforcement Initiative to assist individuals with a substance abuse disorder. The program was introduced approximately one year ago and is a great resource to fight the opiate epidemic in Ocean County.
The Blue Hart program works directly with municipal police departments and treatment providers to assist Ocean County residents into treatment.
The strength of the program is that any person who voluntarily enters one of the police departments on the scheduled day and time and requests help with their addiction to heroin, opiates or any substance will be immediately screened for potential participation in the Blue HART Program.
According to a news release from the office of the Ocean County Prosecutor:
"The program is the latest initiative on the heels of Narcan and the Recovery Coach Program to offer substantial diversion help in order to reduce the impact of heroin and opiate abuse in our community, while encouraging those who suffer from addiction to seek help and experience recovery."
The Police Departments participating are:
- LACEY TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
808 West Lacey Road, Forked River, New Jersey 08731
(MONDAY 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)
- STAFFORD TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
260 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050
(TUESDAY 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)
- MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
1 Colonial Drive, Manchester, New Jersey
(WEDNESDAY 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)
- BRICK TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, New Jersey 08723
(THURSDAY 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)
Other Ocean County Police Departments are preparing and training to become participants in this program in the future.
The following health care / treatment providers are involved in the program:
- SUNRISE DETOX
16 Whitesville Road Suite A, Toms River, New Jersey 08753
- INTEGRITY HOUSE
310 Main Street, Suite B-2nd Floor, Toms River, New Jersey 08753
- PREFERRED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
700 Airport Road, Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
- OCEAN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
687 Atlantic City Boulevard #1 Bayville, New Jersey 08721
- LIFE LINE RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICE
108 Indian Head Road Toms River, New Jersey 08753
The brochure with detailed information can be accessed here
Additional information along with the complete press release about the BLUE HART program from Joseph Coronato, Ocean County Prosecutor can be accessed here