Carrier Clinic of Montgomery Township, New Jersey and Hackensack Meridian Health are considering a partnership to deliver better and easily accessible behavioral health services to the region. The state of New Jersey is in need of this service because the state saw a significant increase in emergency room visits in 2016 and half of them were due to behavioral issues. A lot of behavioral issues are coming from the effects of opioids abuse–there were over 2,200 opioid-related deaths in New Jersey in 2016. This is a 40% increase from the previous year.
Hackensack Meridian Health has expressed their commitment to adding and enhancing behavioral health care to their network in the past and this partnership is a continuation of that commitment. According to John K. Lloyd, Co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, the partnership will offer a full, team-based solution to patients who normally only receive fragmented care for their behavioral issues.
Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic are two of the most prominent health providers in the state. Hackensack Meridian Health is one of the largest and best health networks in the state of New Jersey. One of their hospitals, Hackensack University Medical Center, is considered the best hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News World and Report. Their network serves over two-thirds of the population of the state. The network consists of 16 hospitals, and over 450 individual doctors’ offices and patient care centers. Carrier clinic is one of the largest non-profit behavioral health clinics in New Jersey and has been in operation since 1910. The award-winning Carrier Clinic is accredited by the Joint Commission. They offer adolescents and adult services, detox programs, inpatient and outpatient programs, and a selection of free mental health and addiction services. The combination of experience and excellence from Carrier Clinic paired with the resources that Hackensack Meridian Health offer will be like no other behavioral treatment service in the entire state.