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Community Connections celebrates 1-year anniversary

Program Links Individuals in the Court System to Life-Saving Services

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, the Honorable Stuart A. Minkowitz and Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll are proud to announce the one-year anniversary of Community Connections.

A ceremony was held today at the Meeting Room of the Morris County Board of County Commissioners in Morristown to celebrate the milestone. Guest speakers included Sheriff Gannon, Morris-Sussex Vicinage Assignment Judge Minkowitz, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez, Vicinage Chief Probation Officer Michael Lasko and Community Connections Coordinator Officer Justin Sudol.

Working with the New Jersey Administrative Office of Courts, the innovative Community Connections program is first of its kind to connect court-involved individuals to an array of services.

Community Connections links individuals to recovery support, mental health services, and social services.  Serving as a pilot program for the State of New Jersey, the program has already proven to be successful with connecting over 80 individuals to life-changing services.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Successful Transition and Re-Entry Program (STAR), the New Jersey Administrative Office of Courts and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are successfully working together to provide support to court-involved individuals struggling with substance use and mental health disorders.

The Mental Health Association (MHA) and Prevention is Key’s Center for Addiction, Recovery, Education & Success (CARES) also are essential partners in providing these life-saving resources.

Court involved individuals who want to contact the program can fill out the online referral form on the Morris County Sheriffs Office Community Connections website.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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