STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — The Police Department is one of six recipients in the state to be recognized by the Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma.

The Ambassador Award announced Friday notes its On-POINT program started in September with Ocean Mental Health Services to address the high volume of mental health, substance abuse and other social service calls they handle.

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Officers so far have referred 80 people into the partnership program offering on-site social workers at the department two days a week.

— Steve Hughes

On-POINT staff help provide early intervention to people who may otherwise be arrested or overuse other scarce acute and emergency services.

Contact: 609-272-7090 SHughes@pressofac.com

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