Community Connections Celebrates One Year – Morris County, NJ

Posted on June 16, 2022

The program connects people in the justice system to vital services

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, the Honorable Stuart A. Minkowitz and Morris County District Attorney Robert J. Carroll are proud to announce the one year anniversary of Community Connections.

Community Connections 1 year 6 16 2022 2.jpg A ceremony was held today at the Morris County Board of Commissioners meeting room in Morristown to celebrate this milestone. Guest speakers included Sheriff Gannon, Morris-Sussex Vicinage Assignment Judge Minkowitz, Chief Assistant District Attorney Meg Rodriguez, Vicinage Chief Probation Officer Michael Lasko and Community Connections Coordinator Justin Sudol.

In collaboration with the New Jersey Courts Administrative Office, the innovative Community Connections program is the first of its kind to connect those involved in the courts to a range of services.

Community Connections connects individuals to recovery support, mental health services and social services. Serving as a pilot program for the state of New Jersey, the program has already proven itself by connecting more than 80 people to life-changing services.

Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Successful Transition and Reintegration (STAR) Program, New JerseyCommunity Connections 1 year 6 16 2022.jpg The Courts Administration Office and the Morris County Attorney’s Office work together successfully to provide support to those involved in the courts dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues.

The Mental Health Association (MHA) and Prevention is Key’s Center for Addiction, Recovery, Education & Success (CARES) are also key partners in providing these vital resources.

Those involved in the court who want to contact the program can complete the online referral form on the Morris County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Connections webpage or simply scan the QR code on the Community Connections brochure.

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Pictures:

Top left: Superior Court Assignment Judge Stuart A. Minkowitz of the Vicinage of Morris-Sussex addressed the Community Connections anniversary meeting today.

Bottom right: Sheriff James M. Gannon spoke about the important role Community Connections now plays in helping community members who are caught up in the justice system.

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