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.
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.