Operation Helping Hand

Background

Operation Helping Hand is a grant funded program for counties in New Jersey to establish, expand, or adapt programs in which law enforcement officers play an active role in connecting individuals suffering from opioid addiction with vital treatment, recovery and/or support services. Operation Helping Hand was initially developed by NJ Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal while serving as Bergen County Prosecutor.

About

Sussex County’s Operation Helping Hand is led by the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office in coordination with the C.L.E.A.R. Program, supported by the Sussex County Police Chiefs’ Association and the Center for Prevention & Counseling.

Utilizing a proactive outreach approach, participating police departments use law enforcement data to identify individuals and areas that are at risk and send C.L.E.A.R. Program representatives comprising teams of law enforcement officers and recovery coaches to disseminate information about available recovery services and engage individuals.

C.L.E.A.R. Program representatives are also present once a month at all eleven municipal courts to share information and connect individuals to recovery services.