Local Mental Health Official Goes Undercover as Homeless Man
West Caldwell's Robert Davison posed as a homeless man for 51 hours at Dover Woods in Toms River, kept journal describing dangerous and chaotic conditions.
Robert Davison, director of the Montclair-based Mental Health Association of Essex County, went undercover last month, posing as a homeless man in order to gain admittance to Dover Woods, a state-licensed residential health care facility in Toms River.
During his 51-hour stay at Dover Woods, Davison, a resident of West Caldwell, kept a journal of his experiences, which included breaking up a fight, turning down oral sex for money and witnessing a disoriented resident leave the facility and wander out onto an adjacent highway.
His story is described in detail in this NJ.com article, which ran on Sunday.
Davison writes a blog for Patch on mental health issues.