The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, along with other agencies, is launching a new effort to help people with substance abuse problems.
The Cumberland C.A.R.E.S. Peer Recovery Coach Law Enforcement Initiative will be officially launched with a press conference at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 at the Prosecutor’s Office, 115 Vine St. in Bridgeton, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said.
C.A.R.E.S. stands for compassionate addiction recovery equals success.
The Prosecutor’s Office, the Cumberland County Department of Human Services, the Southwest Council and the nonprofit organization Cumberland Cares partnered to train 14 volunteer peer recovery coaches in October, Webb-McRae said. Peer recovery coaches are a group of volunteers, who work one-on-one to remove obstacles to sustaining recovery from substance abuse.
The C.A.R.E.S. Law Enforcement Initiative will assist local police officers by permitting them to make passive referrals to the peer recovery program when they encounter individuals or families dealing with addiction, Webb-McRae said.
— Vincent Jackson