The Queens Village Committee for Mental Health, or J-CAP, is a large residential treatment center located in Jamaica, New York. J-CAP is a non-profit organization that has provided substance abuse treatment for men and women ages 17 and older out of the Thomas and Marie White Health Center for over 20 years. The founder, Thomas White, is a former city councilman dedicated to providing treatment services for residents of all five boroughs of NYC. The main hive of the treatment facility is the J-CAP Therapeutic Community in the Jamaica section of Queens. Included in J-CAP’s treatment are detox services, Christian-focused recovery, court-ordered rehabilitation and dual diagnosis support.
Accommodations and Food
The J-CAP residential quarters are located at the Thomas and Marie White Health Center—a recently renovated facility arranged like a typical treatment center. At one time, J-CAP was able to accommodate up to 400 residents, but has recently downsized to hold just 192 residents at a time. Living spaces and therapy offices are found in the same building. J-CAP has a designated smoking area for residents. For clients who wish to exercise, an on-site gym with weights and cardio machines is open during the day.
Residents sleep four per room and accommodations are similar to a dormitory. While the building is co-ed, bedrooms are gender-specific and relatively spacious. Each bedroom has four twin beds, with some furnished with two bunk beds to maximize space. Bathrooms are also dorm-style with one large bathroom per wing, with several toilets and showers in each. Residents are expected to bring their own toiletries and towels if they wish, but the facility does provide some linens and donated items.
The kitchen is communal with cafeteria style seating. Clients are provided with three meals per day with options for snacks in between meals. Sugar and coffee are permitted but excessive consumption and energy drinks is not permitted.
Treatment and Staff
J-CAP provides long-term substance abuse treatment and clients typically stay for an entire year, fulfilling their case manager’s treatment plan. All clients are assessed by a counselor upon their arrival. Individuals who require medical detox typically spend five to seven days in the detox unit and transition into the residential program. Medication-assisted treatment is offered, with physicians on staff to prescribe and monitor clients in need of Suboxone.
Residents attend multiple group therapy sessions daily. With so many residents, groups are separated into subgroups and constantly rotating in order for clients to vary their interactions with other residents. Some groups are co-ed and others gender-specific and topics typically include relapse prevention, trauma processing, alcohol and drug education and dual-diagnosis support.
Daily individual therapy allows clients to work with their counselors using CBT techniques to address their substance abuse issues and typically run for an hour. Clients with co-occurring disorders work specifically with a staff psychologist on a daily basis to address the additional mental health concerns.
Clients are transported to off-site 12-step meetings and are required to get a sponsor and progress through the 12 steps. Finding a home group is strongly suggested and one of the meetings they attend should be a Big Book study. Clients who prefer religious focused recovery can attend groups with faith-based dialogue and are directed to Celebrate Recovery meetings.
Every Saturday is J-CAP’s family program group. Families and spouses of the clients are encouraged to attend so they can take advantage of the support from other families and the educational aspect of the program.
J-CAP provides comprehensive residential services to the five boroughs of New York. With family support, clients are ensured a stable transition back to their home lives. Clients seeking intimate or luxury accommodations should probably look elsewhere, but residents can expect to be treated with individualized plans and given ample support for building a foundation in sobriety.
11630 Sutphin Boulevard
Jamaica, New York 11434
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