Officers in the Chester Police Department, which already is an authorized Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) drop-in center, received additional training on Monday, August 20.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Erica Valvano, who oversees PAARI training in Morris County, along with Daytop New Jersey Substance Use Navigator Rebecca Tritt and Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties Director Madine Despeine, conducted PAARI screening officer training Monday at the Chester Police Department.
Participation in PAARI allows specifically-trained police officers to directly interact with and screen individuals who voluntarily walk into headquarters and request help for a substance use disorder — in particular heroin and opioid addiction.
After screening the individual, police officers contact Daytop New Jersey, which sends out a certified peer recovery specialist to meet with the individual and guide them through recovery and treatment options.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office was the first law enforcement agency in Morris County and the first Sheriff’s Office in New Jersey to offer a PAARI drop-in center to people struggling with addiction.
A total of 11 law enforcement agencies in Morris County have secured enabling resolutions from their governing boards to offer PAARI, with training ongoing for officers involved in this life-saving program.
The Chester Police Department, which covers both Chester Borough and Chester Township since a merger went into effect in January 2017, is located at 1 Parker Road, Chester Township.
More information about PAARI is at https://paariusa.org/about-us/