ABOUT SUMMIT OAKS HOSPITAL
Located an hour west of New York City in Summit, N.J., Summit Oaks Hospital runs a 122-bed inpatient unit, intensive outpatient and day treatment for adults facing psychiatric and substance use disorders, crisis-oriented, psychiatric care for children and adolescents, and co-occurring treatment for dual diagnoses.
One of just 11 hospitals in the state of New Jersey with inpatient treatment services, Summit Oaks Hospital specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and posttraumatic stress (PTSD) using a combination of evidence-based psychotherapeutic and holistic activities that foster creative expression and relaxation. Medically managed detoxification services are also available here.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The assessment process at Summit Oaks Hospital typically begins with a phone call. Following detoxification, which may involve buprenorphine, treatment in certain cases, clients seeking help for addiction and substance abuse are typically enrolled in a short-term residential rehab program or one of the hospital's intensive outpatient programs (IOP).
Treatment plans combine an array of approaches, with an emphasis on groups and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). While the facility supports working with a 12-step program and attendance at meetings, they are not required at Summit Oaks. Clients can expect a curriculum of educational and counseling sessions designed to address recovery centric topic such as relapse prevention, anger management, and goal setting. Among the recreational activities offered are art therapy, music and songwriting workshops, poetry, stretching, and yoga. Summit Oaks also encourages meditation and mindfulness for effective long-term recovery.
There are several options for outpatient addiction treatment. At the most intensive level is a full-day partial hospitalization (PHP) program, which meets Monday through Friday. IOP clients meet three evenings a week, whereby clients have the option for specialized dual diagnosis treatment and a choice between a 12-step-based and alternative, medication-assisted (Suboxone) therapy. IOP sessions meet for 10 to 12 weeks and random drug testing is required.
The Summit Oaks website also highlights the importance of aftercare and discharge planning. Related services include arrangements for clients to participate in community-based support networks and referrals for ongoing outpatient therapy. The website also mentions family and alumni programming.
About half a dozen board certified psychiatrists are listed on the Summit Oaks website, specializing in forensic, addiction, and child and adolescent psychiatry. The treatment team also includes master’s level psychotherapists, certified drug and alcohol counselors, a dietitian, and master’s level art therapists.
Summit Oaks Hospital is also one of just 66 (19.2 percent) facilities in the state that’s accredited by the Joint Commission.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Summit Oaks is a 122-bed hospital with chemical dependency units split between detox, short-term rehabilitation, dual diagnosis, and child and adolescent units. Bed availability is updated regularly on the facility's website. Transportation is also provided to and from treatment upon request, a service that’s available at just 47.4 percent of facilities in the state.
The 16 individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com provided a range of opinions on the matter:
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Feedback from nearly a dozen alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date was split between five who would recommend the facility to others and six who wouldn’t. The six individuals more detailed metrics felt Summit Oaks Hospital mediocre:
Holistic Offerings: 1.9/5
Family Participation: 1.3/5
Staff Training and Experience: 3/5
“Cant get a hold of your luv one to much,” a representative reviewer wrote. Others complained of overly strict policies related to communicating with family and friends outside the facility.
The majority of alumni, however, maintained more positive stances toward the facility and its staff, two of whom noted that they were in recovery themselves.
“The staff is great, groups are very good and I got a lot out of them,” Stephanie reported in her overall assessment of the facility. Others also praised the quality of groups and the caring staff. Nevertheless, others found the staff irritable, unkind, or uncaring.
On Google, Summit Oaks Hospital has an average rating of 2.4 out of five stars based on 154 reviews.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback from seven friends and family members was split similarly to alumni reviews. In contrast to alumni data, though, the three loved ones polled more extensively by Rehabs.com offered more favorable ratings for staff experience as well as holistic offerings and family participation. Two reported positive long-term results following treatment at Summit Oaks, but one otherwise positive family member felt a need for additional aftercare support while another more critical reviewer reported receiving no follow-up care at all.
Parents also cited issues with accommodations, communication, and staffing.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Though Rehabs.com has not yet received feedback from staffers to date, on Indeed, Summit Oaks Hospital has an average rating of 2.9 out of five stars based on 43 reviews. Though some staff members noted a chaotic environment with bad management, others highlighted a collaborative workplace with excellent coworkers.
Summit Oaks Hospital does not publish costs of services on its website, though it does indicate that its services are covered by private insurance plans, which are accepted at 64.5 percent of facilities statewide as well as TRICARE.
It is also part of the 60.8 percent of facilities statewide to accept Medicare and part of 25.9 percent of facilities statewide to accept Medicaid.
The nine individuals polled by Rehabs.com found treatment somewhat costly:
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