In 2020, The Hunterdon County Department of Human Services partnered with the Hunterdon County Sheriff's Office, with the idea to bring resources, education, and services to the community to address the opioid epidemic. The Hunterdon County Department of Human Services was awarded an Innovation Grant from the State of New Jersey to outfit a Hope One vehicle.
The Hope One van is centered around a Stigma Free environment intended to provide education, resources, and outreach to individuals and families who may have difficulty in accessing services. The program's goal is to provide access to drug rehabilitation and counseling before individuals encounter the criminal justice system. Hope One will be staffed by a County Sheriff's officer, and a Department of Human Services staff member.
Hope One services include:
Community Resource Referrals
Family Guidance and Support
Harm Reduction Information
Housing and Social Service Resources
Mental Health Information and Resources
Prescription Medication Drop-Off
Referral Assistance Immediate Help Given When Available