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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

New Journeys In Recovery (NJIR) offers outpatient (OP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) services for persons 18 years of age and older with an alcohol or other drug abuse/dependence problem. Persons in our OP program typically attend two (2) days a week and those who engage in our IOP program generally attend three (3) days a week. OP and IOP services are offered at both NJIR’s facilities during the day. Evening programs are available for those who are employed and/or attend school, have daytime child care needs or just prefer evenings. All services are available in English and Spanish.

AVAILABLE SERVICES

NJIR recognizes the uniqueness and individuality of each person, the importance of family and a strong social network of support. We encourage persons to exercise their right to actively participate in decisions affecting their lives. Our programs are designed to be holistically engaging to support successful treatment program completion, recovery, attentiveness to physical wellness, and reentry into the community as productive members. Programs include Certified Peer Specialists, a Peer Council, support an integrated treatment model that focuses on recovery and wellness, and offers free and confidential HIV/AIDS counseling, rapid testing and referrals. NJIR works closely with all participants, their families, residential service providers and other systems involved in support of participant wellness, continuity of care, best achievable quality of life, general empowerment and maximum level of self-determination. We, employ a multicultural staff that has particular cultural competence in working with a diverse consumer base. Spanish speaking staff are available to help Spanish speaking community members, program participants and their families through initial agency contact, intake and program completion as needed. We employ qualified and experienced staff who meet all State and Community Behavioral Health criteria for education and training credentials to deliver services in a person-first competent, professional and courteous manner. All services are highly confidential and open to all in need.

ASSESSMENT AND INTAKE

The first stage in NJIR’s admission process is a comprehensive assessment of the person in recovery’s (PIR) strengths, challenges and recovery goals. When a person is referred to NJIR, s/he is scheduled for an intake within the referral week and sooner if the need be. At intake, PIR’s meet with a NJIR’s intake assessor. Together, they collect behavioral health, biological, psychological, familial, social/environmental and trauma related data. Those data are used to help identify which of NJIR’s programs best support personal strengths, challenges and goals for recovery at the time, and are used to help develop an initial individualized recovery plan.

Orientation

he first stage in NJIR’s admission process is a comprehensive assessment of the person in recovery’s (PIR) strengths, challenges and recovery goals. When a person is referred to NJIR, s/he is scheduled for an intake within the referral week and sooner if the need be. At intake, PIR’s meet with a NJIR’s intake assessor. Together, they collect behavioral health, biological, psychological, familial, social/environmental and trauma related data. Those data are used to help identify which of NJIR’s programs best support personal strengths, challenges and goals for recovery at the time, and are used to help develop an initial individualized recovery plan.

Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Evaluation (CBE)

CBE’s are completed for all persons seeking services at NJIR. It is a multidimensional two-part process. PIR’s meet with a counselor who conducts the first part of the CBE. NJIR’s psychologist completes the second part, a strengths-based comprehensive psychological evaluation. The parts are combined to help the PIR and her/his counselor refine the initial recovery plan and design a comprehensive plan to further the person on her/his road to recovery.

Individual, Couples and Family Therapy

CBE’s are completed for all persons seeking services at NJIR. It is a multidimensional two-part process. PIR’s meet with a counselor who conducts the first part of the CBE. NJIR’s psychologist completes the second part, a strengths-based comprehensive psychological evaluation. The parts are combined to help the PIR and her/his counselor refine the initial recovery plan and design a comprehensive plan to further the person on her/his road to recovery.

Family Involvement/Social Supports

With the person’s permission, program staff make every effort to engage their family and/or other social supports in all stages of treatment, including treatment and discharge planning. With PIR’s permission, program staff also provide family members and social supports with psychoeducation and support related to consumers’ substance use disorders.

Psychoeducational Group Sessions

Psychoeducational group sessions are designed to help persons learn and practice skills that support their recovery goals. They combine didactics, activities, discussion, reflection, handouts and structured assignments. The focus of group interventions is on core issues of human behavior and development associated with drug and alcohol and/or co-occurring disorders and recovery. Topics selected help persons gain control over their substance use and move towards greater self-sufficiency. These groups provide participants with the information and tools needed to meet those goals, and a safe arena in which to practice that which they learn.

Groups to Address the Specialized Need of Criminal Justice System (CJS) Consumers

NJIR has a large CJS population in its current programs and is experienced in providing treatment services for these individuals. Groups are designed to help with anger and stress management, become responsible with respect to parole/probation obligations, maintain program attendance, build social skills and accept responsibility for actions. Individual issues are addressed in individual therapy. Collaboration with the CJS on behalf of participants is comprehensive.

Therapy Group Sessions

Therapy group sessions provide participants with the vehicle with which to process that which they learn in the Psychoeducational groups. In group, PIR’s have an opportunity to practice new adaptive behavioral and cognitive techniques learned, share related experiences and support, obtain related peer and facilitator assistance, and resolve issues in a safe and supportive environment that promotes positive growth and change. Our group opportunities serve to empower participants, improve their self-esteem, help them maximize their level of self-determination, promote their physical wellness, improve their mood and overall quality of life, help them sustain their sobriety, build their social skills and learn how to effectively collaborate with others.

Certified Peer Specialists (CPS)

CPS’s are themselves, persons in recovery who have successfully completed a specialized training program designed to help them provide needed information, support, assistance and community linkages to further persons on their road to recovery. They are available to meet with participants on an individual basis and/or in a group setting.

Peer Council

NJIR encourages participants to sit on the Peer Council. The Peer Council’s function is to help advise and guide the agency in program design and refinement and to identify and help resolve any programming issues that may arise. Joining the Peer Council is voluntary and open to all interested NJIR program participants.

HIV/AIDS Rapid Testing, Counseling and Treatment Referral

Free and confidential HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and referral services are made available to all interested NJIR program participants. Testing is voluntary, rapid (20 minutes), painless (by oral swab) and provided on-site. Partner services are available on a voluntary basis as well.

Linkages and Referrals

A key component of NJIR’s services is assisting participants in accessing other supportive services and community resources. We work closely with other agencies and community groups on an ongoing basis to ensure quality and holistic service provision and provide program participants with added resources via formal linkage and referral agreements with external service facilities and providers.

Alumni Group: Persons who complete our programs are encouraged to join our Alumni Group for continued support and to provide support for their peers in our programs.