Atlantic Highlands Herald
The partnership, called Unhooked, offers training to all Borough of Highlands Police Department police officers, helping them identify people with Substance Use Disorder, and to communicate with them in a positive way that may lead them to seek help. With the partnership, officers can now call upon peer recovery specialists with RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery, like Joan Sciorta, and work with them to engage and connect residents with life-saving treatment.
“We’re making personal connections with those suffering from addiction and their families too,” says Sciorta. “So now they have us as a resource for the future, and they can call us at any point in their journey for support. It’s a beautiful thing. If this could happen everywhere, it would change the world.”