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Get to Know Carrier Clinic

What you need to know

Carrier Clinic has officially joined Hackensack Meridian Health. This merger will help Hackensack Meridian Health grows its behavioral health services by:

  • Opening new addiction treatment centers in New Jersey, including the first one in 2020.
  • Offering behavioral health services on site at Hackensack Meridian Health urgent care centers – a first in New Jersey.
  • Investing $25 million into Carrier’s Belle Mead campus.

Hackensack Meridian Health will also be:

  • Adding 37 inpatient beds to its current 150-bed capacity.
  • Starting a child psychiatry fellowship program in 2020 as well as a new child adolescent psychiatry fellowship.

The network has also recently started two new psychiatry residency programs with 10 physicians kicking off the four-year program.

Get to know Carrier Clinic

Carrier Clinic has nearly 1,100 team members, including 26 members of the medical staff. Carrier Clinic’s home in Belle Mead is a 100-acre rural campus which provides short-term, acute care hospitalization for psychiatric illness and substance abuse for adolescents 12-18, and treatment for adults 18 and older.

The Carrier Clinic’s campus includes:

Substance abuse recovery research

Carrier Clinic is partnered in a research study with the University of Arizona to test the effectiveness of Nexalin transcranial stimulation (TCS), a non-invasive, non-pharmacological treatment, to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with early recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Carrier Clinic’s Blake Recovery Center has been using Nexalin TCS for four years. Patients have reported a reduction in cravings when withdrawing from drugs and alcohol when Nexalin is used as a part of their treatment plan. The success of the clinical application led Carrier Clinic, Nexalin, and investigators at the University of Arizona to undertake a formal scientific study of the therapy as an addition to standard care for cravings and withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol addiction.

The clinical trial is scheduled to conclude in mid-2019.

Horticultural Therapy

Carrier Clinic is studying horticultural therapy as sensory stimulation in environmental enhancement, unique activities that involve the body and mind, opportunities for improved concentration, motivation, work tolerance, and manual dexterity. The research is funded by a grant from Church & Dwight.

Carrier has hired a registered horticultural therapist to facilitate the horticulture therapeutic activities, three one-hour sessions per week, and ensure that the therapy occurs within the context of an established treatment plan. The RHT is a part of a treatment team and is responsible for planning treatment, developing sessions, interacting with patients, and recording outcomes/results.

ECT Program

Carrier Clinic also has a nationally recognized electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) program, which is used to treat severe major depression or bipolar disorder that does not respond to other treatment. Earlier this year, Carrier Clinic received the Outstanding Provider Award from the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies.

For More Information

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