SOMERVILLE, NJ (Somerset County) – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson and Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John Fodor along with numerous municipal, county and state representatives Tuesday unveiled the new Somerset County Operation Helping Hand vehicle.
On July 27, members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and Somerset County Law Enforcement, accompanied by Recovery Support Specialists from Reach for Recovery (R4R) Program, Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center and OHH Coordinators from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, unveiled the new Operation Helping Hand vehicle which will be utilized to conduct door-to-door outreach of known Somerset County residents with substance use disorders.
The vehicle will be present for the public to approach at various community events throughout Somerset County, and was purchased and equipped through the use of federal and state funding, along with a private donation from the Anthony Calderaro Memorial Fund, Robertson said.
The goal during each encounter is to have the Recovery Support Specialists engage residents in need providing on-the-spot referrals to treatment and other resources, Robertson said.
“The success of Somerset County’s OHH initiative would not be possible if not for the hard work and dedication of its community partners, especially, the working professionals of Somerset County Department of Human Services, (R4R) Program – Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, Somerset Treatment Services, and Pioneer Family Success Center – EmPower Somerset,” Robertson said.