Recovery Centers of America purchasing Bancroft School providing drug/alcohol treatment services

Recovery Centers of America announced that they are purchasing the site of the Bancroft School in Haddonfield.

Located on over 18 acres at the corner of Hopkins Lane and Kings Highway, the Bancroft School is a licensed behavioral health facility that provides services to children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Recovery Centers of America will continue to operate a licensed behavioral health facility providing drug and alcohol treatment services including assessments, residential, inpatient recovery and outpatient treatment as well as providing resources for family therapy, spiritual services and recovery support meetings such as Al-Anon, Al-Ateen, AA, NA, and others.

“This is a unique behavioral health facility in a great location,” said J. Brian O’Neill, CEO of Recovery Centers of America.

RCA chose this location based on the need in this area, in the 15-mile radius around Haddonfield, there are currently 522 AA, NA and other types of recovery support meetings weekly. RCA is also planning a similar facility in Gloucester County.

“The substance abuse epidemic is growing exponentially in affluent neighborhoods throughout the United States. People are dying in unprecedented numbers due to the shortage of treatment availability,” said Dr. Deni Carise, chief clinical officer for Recovery Centers of America.

In 2013, heroin-related overdoses alone caused 559 deaths in New Jersey. Also in 2013, the overdose mortality rate for Gloucester and Camden Counties soared past Philadelphia for the first time. Camden County Police say many of the heroin buyers they are arresting are coming from affluent suburban towns like Cherry Hill or Haddonfield.

“This is a unique opportunity to bring expert and convenient treatment closer to home for patients and their families,” she said.

As a result of the opiate epidemic, New Jersey has joined a multi-state task force with Pennsylvania, New York and others. In October 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also created a state-wide Addiction Task Force, and Camden County, where Haddonfield is located, has its own Addiction Awareness Taskforce.

Despite protection under the American’s with Disability Act and Federal Supreme Court rulings enabling treatment centers like RCA to operate their facilities in properties like Bancroft, RCA will enter into a series of transparent public meetings and forums to discuss in detail their intentions for the property. RCA will also work closely with town officials, stakeholders and residents of Haddonfield. RCA looks forward to becoming a member of the Haddonfield community and a valuable neighbor and friend.

“RCA operates a voluntary treatment facility; its patients attend treatment because they want to get help. RCA patients are professional people; they are your neighbors, your family members, your college-aged kids. RCA looks forward to providing its services in special towns like Haddonfield. The number of deaths from overdoses in New Jersey is exploding. Families who have lost a loved one to overdose will point out that people suffering from heroin addiction do not receive help until it is too late. RCA’s goals is to change that,” Carise said.

For more information about Recovery Centers of America please contact: Deni Carise, Ph.D. dcarise@recoverycoa.com.