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Carrier Clinic - Blake Recovery Center

252 County Road 601, Belle Mead, New Jersey, 08502
The Blake Recovery Center (BRC) at Carrier Clinic is one of the largest private, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare facilities in New Jersey. Since 1981, the rehab has offered medically monitored detox services, as well as intensive residential treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues. The facility is dedicated to helping adult men and women turn their lives around, and offers a caring and supportive environment designed to facilitate permanent change and long-lasting sobriety.

Facility Highlights

  • Addiction Education
  • Didactic Sessions
  • Family Intervention

Specialization

  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Hospital

Meet the Staff

  • Lynne C. Sennett, MPH, BSN
    Lynne C. Sennett, MPH, BSN Director
    Prior to joining Carrier Clinic, she served as the Director of Nursing at AtlantiCare Health Services, Mission HealthCare in Atlantic City, NJ. Lynne also held positions at Lincoln Technical Institute as a Faculty Member/Clinical Instructor and at Seabrook House in Cumberland County as the Vice President of Treatment Services. Ms. Sennett earned her BS in Education, Cum Laude, from St. Bonaventure University in New York and received her RN at St. Claire’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. She attended Columbia University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and went on to earn a Master's degree in Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University; The School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore.
  • Timothy R. DiGanci, MSW, LSW, LCADC, CCS
    Timothy R. DiGanci, MSW, LSW, LCADC, CCSDirector of Substance Abuse Counseling Services
    Tim has been with Carrier Clinic for over 13 years, most recently as a Substance Abuse Coordinator for Carrier’s East Mountain Youth Lodge. Mr. DiGanci has participated in numerous community speaking engagements, and was featured on the Adolescent Panel at Carrier’s Addiction Conference. Prior to being named Clinical Supervisor, he also held a per-diem position at GenPsych in Bridgewater implementing a family education program for parents of adolescents in an intensive outpatient setting. Mr. DiGanci earned his Master's of Social Work and his Bachelor of Art at Rutgers University. He is a Certified Clinical Supervisor, New Jersey Certified School Social Worker, Licensed Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

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ABOUT CARRIER CLINIC - BLAKE RECOVERY CENTER

Founded in 1910, Carrier Clinic is one of New Jersey’s 175 (50.9 percent) private, non-profit behavioral health facilities. Alongside an array of psychiatric services provided from its 100-acre campus in central New Jersey, the organization offers the Blake Recovery Center (BRC), which provides detox, residential, and outpatient services for individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse and dual diagnoses. It is one of the 225 (65.4 percent) of New Jersey treatment centers to offer intensive outpatient programming (IOP).

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Blake Recovery Center uses the 12-Steps alongside a fairly traditional array of clinical practices, and the length of programming varies according to the individual client’s needs.

Upon completion of a thorough assessment, many clients begin their recovery with detox, under the facility’s 24/7 medically supervised care. BRC’s residential program aims to address the “medical, emotional, and social needs of each individual,” by taking a comprehensive, individualized approach to treatment.

Residential programming typically includes individual and group counseling, family intervention and involvement, addiction education, and 12-step meetings. The program seeks to actively involve the client and their family members in every stage of treatment, from admission to discharge. For families, the facility offers a weekend codependency program.

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) meets on weekdays evenings, for three hours at a time. Clients continue to work the 12-Steps while receiving education and participating in mandatory, random urine tests.

BRC also offers medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including Suboxone, which is offered in 27 percent of New Jersey treatment facilities. In 2017, 33 (2.5 percent) of the facilities in the state had MAT programs.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The treatment team includes psychiatrists, social workers, physicians, nurses, and addiction counselors. It is one of the 66 (19.2 percent treatment facilities in New Jersey accredited by the Joint Commission. To date, the 32 individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com generally appreciated the aptitude of staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Blake Recovery Center is a bright, open space that features a cafeteria-style dining room and simple, shared bedrooms. According to MyCentralJersey.com, a renovation was completed in October 2015 to provide 32 beds. Clients have access to payphones regularly to reach family members. The 32 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness and exercise and leisure offerings gave mostly positive ratings.

Cleanliness: 4.6/5
Exercise and Leisure Activities: 3.7/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The 14 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback about the Carrier Clinic Blake Recovery, with few complaints. In their comments, several reviewers credited the facility with their long-term sobriety and even with saving their lives. They also frequently provided positive feedback about the center’s staff, the variety of therapeutic options, and the attractive campus and accommodations.

Would Recommend: 4.1/5
Counseling Options: 3.7/5
Family Participation: 3.7/5

However, some alumni noted that treatment was very expensive. “Very comprehensive staff and therapy programs but very expensive,” one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative review. “Located on a beautiful well kept campus inside and out,” another added. One alum also noted a lack of aftercare.

The reviews also yielded a few isolated complaints citing poor accommodations, inattentive nursing staff, and “unqualified” group therapy leaders — though each of these accusations was contradicted by praise from other alumni.

On Google, Carrier Clinic has an average rating of 2.6 out of five stars from 124 reviews to date.[1] Feedback was polarized, with some very negative reviews that describe care as “barely adequate.” However, some of the positive reviews provide feedback about how the “food and community” and amenities were good.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The 18 loved ones reviewed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also provided generally positive feedback about Carrier Clinic. Like alumni, the loved ones repeatedly provided positive feedback about the center’s staff and campus, but also noted that treatment was very expensive. “The facility is beautiful… expensive… The staff was abundant and helpful,” one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative review.

Family Participation: 4.3/5
Would Recommend: 4.3/5
Counseling Options: 3.9/5

However, reviewers also repeatedly cited a lack of proper care and attention and a lack of communication with clients’ families. “They isolate all of their patients from anyone in the outside world,” S.A. wrote. One reviewer also cited a lack of aftercare.

Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 4/5
Affordability: 3.7/5

FINANCING

BRC accepts private insurance, but asks that prospective clients first call their insurance provider to verify coverage. In addition, Carrier Clinic is one of the 89 (25.9 percent) of New Jersey treatment centers that accept Medicare as well as Medicaid for clients aged under 18 and over 65. The 31 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it moderate ratings.

Affordability: 3.6/5

[1] GoogleReviews

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