Blue H.A.R.T. Program
The Point Pleasant Police Department has joined several other Ocean County municipalities in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office “Blue HART” program to assist individuals with an abuse disorder. “Blue HART” stands for Blue Heroin Addiction Response Team. It was formally known as HARP – the Heroin Addiction Response Program.
The “Blue HART” program allows substance abusers to turn themselves and their product in at any of the participating police departments, in order to go to addiction services providers for treatment evaluation without any threat of charges or jail. Individuals will be immediately screened for potential participation in the program. After the screening process, the officer or shift supervisor will provide transportation for the participant to an agency as soon as reasonably possible. Point Pleasant Police will join the initiative by collaborating with Preferred Behavioral Health in Lakewood.
Although Blue HART is primarily designed to apply to persons who present themselves at the station, an officer who encounters a person outside the police station believing they would benefit from the Blue HART program has the discretion, based upon their training and experience, to the bring the individual to the police station if the person consents to the voluntary screening process.
Immediate critical help will be available at the Point Pleasant Police Department every Tuesday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
To utilize the services of Blue HART:
- Come to the lobby of Point Pleasant PD on any Tuesday between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- No appointment is necessary
- Bring minimal personal property
For After Hours Assistance, please consult the following resources:
- NJ Addiction Services Assessment Hotline: 844-276-2777
- Lifeline Recovery Support Services: 888-520-0040