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Somerset County expands ‘Operation Helping Hand’ by launching ‘Operation Mobilize’

A 5k run/walk titled Conquer the Island will be held on Saturday, June 10 at Duke Island Park to support the addiction fighting activities.

SOMERVILLE, NJ (Somerset County) – The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office announced the expansion of its Operation Helping Hand (OHH) Program by partnering with Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Performance) to launch “Operation Mobilize.”

Operation Mobilize is grassroots, private sector committee made up of Somerset County business owners and executives with the primary purpose of collaborating across vertical markets in support of OHH initiatives.

Performance plans to be an example for other private businesses, modeling ways in which they can easily and effectively participate in the fight against the opioid crisis. It will also represent the broader business community by serving on other stakeholder meetings, as needed, for the purpose of cross-sector collaboration with law enforcement, non-profit and faith-based community representatives.

For more than 20 years, Performance has remained committed to providing innovative, comprehensive, and effective, non-narcotic pain management services and procedures to Somerset County residents. To enhance this commitment, it will increase its engagement in the community and join in the fight against the opiate crisis by leading and catalyzing private sector participation, support, and collaboration alongside Somerset County OHH and its community partners.

The unfortunate reality is that the private sector is not typically a voice that is represented at the collaboration table, but business participation is both welcome and needed. Performance’s engagement will be focused on addressing this need and carrying the private sector torch in areas of leadership, innovation, and service.

As a kickoff, Performance is hosting a 5k run/walk on Saturday, June 10 at Duke Island Park, Bridgewater Township. The annual event, titled Conquer the Island, will raise much needed awareness and funds to support the addiction fighting activities of Somerset County OHH and its community partners, such as Communities in Crisis.

Under Somerset County’s OHH initiative, law enforcement plays an integral part in identifying individuals with substance use disorders and together with community partners serves as a point of entry into treatment and/or recovery support services. By conducting door-to-door outreach or by deploying the OHH mobile van, Somerset County’s OHH’s goal is to have law enforcement and recovery support specialists, engage residents in need by providing referrals to treatment and other resources.

Funding for the OHH program comes from grant funding provided by the New Jersey Office of the Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES), the Office within the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General that coordinates the addiction-fighting efforts of the Department of Law and Public Safety relating to the opioid epidemic.

Anyone seeking substance use recovery services should reach out to Somerset County’s OHH by calling 908-393-8888; visiting the website; or email to be connected to services.

If you are a business owner or representative and would like more information about joining the fight against the opioid crisis through Operation Mobilize, email

To participate in or sponsor the Conquer the Island 5k, visit or email Rey Bolic at

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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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