“This is a moment in the history of Atlantic County where all efforts are going to be in line to make sure that we care for the community,” Lori Herndon, CEO and president of AtlanticCare, said.
JBRC MOV staff will include:
- A physician or an Advanced Practice Nurse;
- A Registered Nurse;
- A behavioral health clinician dually licensed in social work and addictions counseling;
- Two outreach coordinators with bachelor’s degrees;
- Two certified peer recovery specialists.
AtlantiCare plans to start serving the community through the JBRC Mobile Outreach Van in March. For more information, visit www.atlanticare.org/jbrc, or call 609-345-2020.
Public officials, law enforcement representatives and health care professionals joined AtlantiCare this week for a celebratory ribbon-cutting during a ceremony outside the JBRC Residential Facility in Mays Landing.
“Through the vehicle, we will expand the care our compassionate JBRC team is already providing in the community,” Mike Santillo, director, John Brooks Recovery Center, said. “Our goal is to reach individuals where they are. By bringing care and services to them, we will enhance their access to the care, support and other services they need and deserve.”
The JBRC mobile outreach team will travel to areas of high need and will blanket “hotspots” for substance use, overdose deaths and reversals, homelessness and infectious diseases. They will especially focus on providing care and assistance to those facing disproportionate burdens of substance use and mental illness, including low-income individuals, persons experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations in the community.
“We focus on building healthy communities together,” Herndon said. “We want to make a difference in all communities in all people’s lives. This is a great initiative to help us do so. We are grateful for our community partners and to our dedicated JBRC team.”
The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, provided $300,000 in grant funding for the vehicle through its Mobile Access to Medications Initiative.
It will provide $750,000 in additional annual funding to support JBRC’s mobile outreach efforts to increase access to medications, case management and care coordination services and recovery support services to people with a substance use and/or mental health issue.
Municipalities that AtlantiCare’s JBRC MOV team will assist include Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Galloway, Egg Harbor Township and Egg Harbor City.