Recovery On Wheels Ribbon Cutting - Aug. 8, 2019
Cumberland County Announces Recovery On Wheels Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Cumberland County Freeholders are pleased to invite all media to the ribbon cutting ceremony announcing the official launch of Recovery On Wheels (ROW). The Cumberland County Department of Human Services, Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, and Health Department have all collaborated to take an idea from concept to reality.
The ROW vehicle is a mobile bus outfitted to provide access to substance use disorder recovery services on the spot in real time. Numerous services will be available through the ROW bus as it navigates to scheduled locations, beginning in mid-August 2019, throughout the county. Services will include, but are not limited to:
- Peer Recovery Coaches & connection to clinicians
- Narcan (opioid overdose reversal) education
- Information and referrals to various social services.
- Needle disposal
- Hepatitis A vaccinations
- Health screenings and other health services
- Temporary ID when needed for the purpose of accessing treatment services
- Disposal of prescription drugs & distribution of drug-deactivation Deterra Pouches
Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 12PM – 12:30 PM
Inspira Health Center Bridgeton - Front Entrance Area - 333 Irving Ave, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
When the Department of Human Services announced they would begin coordinating the Cumberland CARES Recovery Coaches, additional opportunity closely followed. As talks continued across county departments, all working toward the same goal: stem the tide of addiction and opioid crisis affecting the community, the Office of Aging made one of their retired fleet buses available for the purpose of meeting those with substance use disorders on the street. In early 2019, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office was simultaneously in the midst of implementing Operations Helping Hand (OHH), a grant funded initiative through the Office of Attorney General to have law enforcement officers play an active role to connect individuals suffering from addiction with vital treatment and recovery support. To continue extending the success OHH was having, the Prosecutor allocated funding to facilitate the fit up of the bus for the CARES Recovery Coaches to work out of. Human Services coordinated the retrofit work to be done by Cumberland County Improvement Authority, while the Sheriff pledged his support of the initiative to provide a driver, storage and fuel. Meanwhile, the County Health Department also saw opportunity to reach the often underserved by bringing public health services directly to those in need. Human Services has christened the vehicle, Recovery On Wheels, with the confidence it will provide exactly that for those suffering in the community, empowerment that recovery is possible.
We respectfully request that you send someone to cover this event so that we can spread the word that this valuable program is now available in our community. We hope to see you on August 8th. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thank you!