P.A.A.R.I. (Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative)

The PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative) program is designed to give individuals with substance abuse disorders a safe way to seek help for their addiction at a local Police Department, where the individual will be screened by Law Enforcement and assisted by a Acenda Integrated Health certified Peer Recovery Specialist to obtain treatment and recovery services. 

Lincoln Park is one of 25 police departments in Morris County who offer this program.



  • In 2017 there were 47,000 Opioid drug overdose deaths in the United States. 
  • In Morris County, opioid-related deaths have been on the rise in recent years.
  • In 2017 alone, 97 people died of opioid overdoses in Morris County.
  • In terms of fatal drug overdoses in teens, NJ is 6th in the nation as of 2015 (Daytop NJ)
  • 10.7% of the deaths in teenagers between the ages of 12-15 are from drug overdoses (Daytop NJ)


  • An individual seeking assistance, can walk into the Lincoln Park Police Department [M-F 8a-430p] and request help for their addiction.
  • The individual will be screened and in most cases connected with a certified peer recovery specialist who will guide the individual to treatment options and resources.
  • PAARI is a voluntary program, therefore those who participate must volunteer to do so under their own volition.
  • Upon arrival the participant must relinquish any drugs and/or drug paraphernalia.
  • Those who voluntarily participate in the PAARI program WILL NOT face any legal charges.
  • The individual will be subject to basic screening to ensure they are eligible for the program.
  • Individuals are able to terminate their participation in the program if they wish to do so and will not face any retribution of legal action from the Police Department.
  • If a person wishing to participate is presently on probation or parole, their placement will be coordinated with their parole or probate officer.

To learn more about PAARI visit the PAARI website.

For other scenarios, please contact Morris County CARES at 973-625-1143 anytime 24/7 for recovery support.