Since its launch in 2021, the aim of the ARRIVE Together program has been to change how authorities respond to mental health emergencies by pairing specially trained personnel with police officers arriving on the scene. The program is now in operation in Newark. Since June 21, mental health specialists have paired with members of the Newark Police Department and the New Jersey Transit Police to respond to people experiencing personal crises at Newark Penn Station.
“We know that ARRIVE works. Making mental health resources readily available to those in crisis has the power to deescalate tense situations, reduce the need for arrests, and make for positive outcomes,” New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin said in a statement. The expansion to Newark is the latest step in a push to expand the program into all 21 New Jersey counties.