Great Changes to Methadone Maintenance Treatment in NJ
SMART’s EHR partner, New Jersey-based addiction treatment provider, John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC), is improving access to methadone maintenance treatment. Their recent relocation, the opening of 2 new locations, and a new jail-based program represent some of the significant changes that patients can expect moving forward. Alan Oberman, JBRC CEO and long-time recovery advocate, shared that “This project began in 2007, and it is an example of what can be achieved with vision and perseverance.” He went on to say, “I will never forget the faces of our clients when they first walked through the doors. It made it all worth it.”
A Move To Help More Patients
JBRC’s previous facility is a 100-year-old building located in the crowded heart of the Atlantic City tourist district. As they helped more individuals in the community, the facility lacked the space to accommodate everyone in need. Since they serve over 500 clients, patients would have to wait on the sidewalk. Their recent move was the best solution to express appreciation and consideration for patients and the community.
Consolidating Methadone Maintenance Treatment and Other Services
One new JBRC facility in Pleasantville has combined medication-assisted treatment (MAT), intensive outpatient (IOP), admissions, and administration under one roof. This has already shown improvement in communication and morale among their 70-person staff. Moreover, they are now able to accommodate more individuals in need. This location treats around 600 MAT clients and 115 IOP clients. The other new site, JBRC of Atlantic City, treats 325 MAT and 30 IOP patients. Alan Oberman noted, “We have been able to treat almost two hundred more clients.”
Project Kick Start
New Jersey’s first jail-based methadone maintenance treatment program is Project Kick Start. Atlantic County Jail Warden, Geraldine Cohen, and Alan Oberman worked together for the past five years to start this program. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services funded the pilot program. Alan explained in a recent press release that “The timing for the program is just right. We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic that affects approximately 75% of the inmates at the jail. At John Brooks, we had a mobile methadone bus designed for physical examinations and the dispensing of methadone that we were not using plus excess revenue on a State contract .”
SMART Management, Inc. is the creator of The SMART Solution. This cloud-based EHR is designed specifically for Methadone Maintenance Treatment and opioid treatment services. This EHR software provides advanced automation for all treatment workflows, improving operational efficiency, and contributing to maximized revenue. The SMART Solution is built on continuous improvement and has a total focus on customer delight. SMART is proud to partner with John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC) to streamline paperless clinic operations. Learn more about the SMART Solution or get to know other SMART EHR partners.