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Joining forces in New Jersey in the fight against mental illness and substance abuse

July 31, 2012
by Shannon Brys
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Care Plus NJ, Inc. (a behavioral health and primary care center headquartered in Paramus) and Turning Point (a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center headquartered in Paterson) are now offering collaborative treatment and referral services for their clients.  This is the first affiliation of services of this kind in the northern New Jersey area.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), six out of ten people with a substance abuse disorder also suffer from some form of mental illness. To recover fully, the person needs treatment for both conditions.

This affiliation between Care Plus NJ and Turning Point will provide a continuum of services for each organization’s clients with co-occurring disorders and offer a seamless referral and admissions process. An alignment of the treatment plan will allow for a comprehensive approach that identifies, evaluates, and simultaneously treats both disorders, to then pave the way for the client to meet their recovery goals.

 “These types of strategic collaborations are the future of behavioral health across the country, but especially in New Jersey where changes in funding for critical programs has changed drastically. This partnership brings together the best of both agencies, making each of us more viable and relevant, and ultimately providing the best quality services.  Collaboration between mental health and addiction programs is long overdue and can only improve our work and outcomes for our clients,” said Dr. Manuel Guantez, Turning Point’s Executive Director.

Care Plus NJ, Inc. was established in 1978 and has since grown to 23 sites across Northern New Jersey.  They will serve nearly 20,000 people this year with their mental health services.  For more information about Care Plus NJ, visit http://www.CarePlusNJ.org

Turning Point first opened in 1975 with a 10-bed residential program for men and has expanded over the years to treat more than 2,000 men and women for alcohol and drug addiction each year.  For more information about Turning Point, visit http://www.TurningPointNJ.org

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