Newark’s Mayor Baraka and Public Safety Director Ambrose Announce Rollout of Hope One Mobile Unit

Offering Addiction Recovery Services, Mental Health Services and Housing Assistance

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced the rollout by the Newark Police Division of the Hope One Newark Mobile Unit today.

Hope One Newark’s Mobile Unit, which follows the pattern of the successful Hope One program developed by Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, will operate in partnership with the Center for Addiction Recovery, Education and Success (C.A.R.E.S.), Integrity House, Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties and the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness.

Services to be provided through Hope One Newark include training on the use of Narcan and distribution of Narcan kits, along with referrals to detoxification and rehabilitation facilities, referrals to mental health services and transportation to drug treatment facilities. The unit will also provide identification cards to the homeless so that they can obtain services, including housing assistance.

Mayor Baraka, Public Safety Director Ambrose, Chief of Police Henry, and Morris County Sheriff James Gannon

“Putting addiction recovery services, mental health services and housing services on the streets, where the people who most need them can access them, is what this program is all about,” Mayor Baraka said. “Hope One Newark offers a lifeline to individuals trapped by their addictions or afflicted by homelessness because it brings the services directly to them. We are taking this proactive approach because some individuals may find it difficult to walk into a traditional facility on their own for information or treatment.”

“This is a home run for the City of Newark,” Director Ambrose said. “When it comes to issues like addiction, homelessness and mental illness, we cannot arrest our way out of these problems. Hope One Newark will offer assistance by providing easy access to invaluable resources including Narcan kits, ID cards and referral information for rehab centers, shelters, mental health care programs and housing assistance for anyone who needs them. No questions asked.”

The mobile unit will be stationed at various locations throughout the city to offer services in various neighborhoods.

Contact:  Lieutenant Ronald Glover (973) 710-2531 or Public Information Officer Catherine Adams (973) 733-3995