County Hope Not Handcuffs launches in Farmington Hills

A program that connects people who are addicted with the treatment they need will launch June 5 with a press conference in Farmington Hills.

The Farmington Hills Police and Farmington Public Safety departments are among 13 agencies participating in the Hope Not Handcuffs program. A collaborative effort between Families Against Narcotics (FAN), law enforcement, and other local organizations, the program offers help to those addicted to prescription pills, heroin, and other substances.

When someone comes to a participating department seeking help, the Hope Not Handcuffs team will work to get them into treatment as soon as possible. The program, launched in Macomb County on February 1, 2017, has helped connect more than 1,200 participants with resources and support.

The following departments will launch their participation at the press conference hosted by the Farmington Hills Police Department in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills:

  • Bloomfield Township Police Department
  • Clawson Police Department
  • Farmington Public Safety
  • Farmington Hills Police Department
  • Huntington Woods Public Safety
  • Madison Heights Police Department
  • Royal Oak Police Department
  • South Lyon Police Department
  • Southfield Police Department
  • Waterford Township Police Department
  • West Bloomfield Police Department
  • White Lake Township Police Department
  • Wixom Police Department

“Police departments can make a difference by working as partners with the community,” Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said. “The unique physiological effects and widespread usage of opioids make holistic approaches like this more likely to be effective. Police officers now have access to patient-centered intervention through Hope Not Handcuffs.”