Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Monmouth County, a large and prosperous county in Central New Jersey, has provided outpatient substance abuse services for the past five years. The agency itself has been in operation for over 40 years.
JFCS’s mission is “to provide innovative, responsive, cost effective, non-sectarian human services that enhance the quality of life for children, families and the aged in our community, while reflecting the shared compassion, ancient wisdom and unifying traditions of Judaism.”
Treatment and Staff
JFCS offers both a standard outpatient track and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). While the duration of treatment is progress-based depending upon the needs and attendance of the client, most complete their treatment plans in 16 weeks.
Clients in standard outpatient attend group therapy once or twice a week. Clients in the IOP attend groups three times a week and also have individual therapy once a week. Groups are scheduled each weekday, with sessions in both the mornings and evenings.
The treatment team at JFCS includes MFTs and CADCs and groups usually number 12 to 14 participants. Therapy at JFCS uses the Stages of Change Model and the 12-step framework. While clients aren’t required to attend 12-step meetings, they are encouraged to do so and JFCS provides a list of local meetings upon request.
JFCS believes that mental health disorders are a factor in most substance use disorders. Clients are given referrals for dual diagnosis support to the affiliated behavioral health department. JFCS’s substance abuse program is currently expanding its treatment team to offer additional therapy for co-occurring disorders.
JFCS is also in the process of developing a family program. At present, family members can attend individual therapy with a client if the treatment team thinks it would be beneficial. For aftercare, clients are encouraged to drop-in on therapy groups to check in with the treatment team and share their recovery experiences with those still in the program.
JFCS also offers an anger management and domestic violence intervention program as well as a Holocaust Survivors Assistance program. Each Friday, JFCS provides the community with a food pantry.
With a long history of community care, Jewish Family and Children Services of Monmouth County has been providing residents with low- or no-cost substance abuse treatment for five years. With plans to expand its ability to support clients with co-occurring disorders and provide therapeutic services to families of addicts, this relatively new program is proving itself to be highly responsive to the needs of the local community, regardless of religious affiliation.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Monmouth County
705 Summerfield Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Monmouth County Outpatient: Sliding scale. Reach Jewish and Family Children’s Services of Monmouth County by phone at (732) 774-6886.
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