Morris County - Struggling with Drugs? - Turn Yourself In -&- No Jail Time

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The Morris County Sheriff’s Office in Morristown opened its door Monday, April 29, as a drop-in center – a beacon of hope – for people who are struggling with drug addiction and need guidance and support in accessing help.

Sheriff James M. Gannon at press conference
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon at the launch April 3, 2019, of the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative.

Under the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI), launched April 3 by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, individuals seeking assistance for substance use dependency can walk into the Morris County Courthouse on Court Street in Morristown between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and state their request to a Sheriff’s Officer.

In a compassionate and discreet way, individuals will be directed to a PAARI-trained Sheriff’s Officer who will screen them. Based upon the screening, individuals will be connected with peer recovery specialists from Daytop-NJ, who will meet with them to discuss treatment and resource options.

Sheriff James M. Gannon and Corporal Erica Valvano
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon and Sheriff’s Office Corporal Erica Valvano beside Hope One, the Sheriff’s mobile substance use resource and recovery vehicle.

PAARI is a non-incarceration program designed to involve law enforcement officers in assisting people struggling with what can be an overwhelming path to recovery.

“The Morris County Sheriff’s Office is committed to a guardian role of supporting people caught in the destructive trap of addiction,” Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said.

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