MT. PLEASANT, MI – In an attempt to assist people struggling with addiction and reduce drug demand, the Michigan State Police (MSP) has joined almost 200 police departments nationwide in the Angel Program, a pre-arrest diversion program.
The Angel Program allows someone with a drug addiction to walk into a state police post and seek help for their addiction, without the fear of arrest or investigation.
MSP has expanded this program to include the Mt. Pleasant Post. The post has recently trained Angel volunteers to provide support and transportation for participants. Angel volunteers assist post personnel in finding the appropriate treatment and also transport participants to treatment.
Participants must not have active warrants, pending court action or be a registered sex offender. Participants must also arrive voluntarily for treatment. If you are interested in learning more about the program or if you are interested in becoming an Angel volunteer, contact the Mt. Pleasant Post at (989) 773-5951. Those seeking help can come to the post during business hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Angel Program is supported by P.A.A.R.I. (the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative). The idea began in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 2015. Today, the MSP Angel Program is accessible to Michiganders in all of the Upper Peninsula and more than two dozen counties in the Lower Peninsula. MSP plans to continue expansion across the state throughout 2017.