ABOUT BARNABAS HEALTH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER
In conjunction with Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus Behavioral Health Services, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center serves adolescents, adults, and older adults struggling with psychiatric illness and co-occurring chemical dependency. Located in Toms River, N.J., the facility provides inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization (PHP), and intensive outpatient (IOP) programming. The facility’s website indicates that suboxone treatment is also available for individuals dealing with symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
All clients typically begin treatment with a biopsychosocial assessment to help determine their needs and the most appropriate level of care. For individuals with severe, disruptive psychiatric illness and chemical dependency, the hospital runs both voluntary and involuntary inpatient units. Treatment is short-term, with the goals of stabilizing the client and preparing them for discharge or the next level of treatment.
A step-down option from inpatient treatment, highly structured PHP involves a variety of daily support groups as well as individual and family therapy. Clients can expect a mix of on-site 12-step meetings, vocational services, relapse prevention programming, and psychoeducational groups that address social, family, and self-management concerns. PHP sessions take place weekdays, three to seven hours per day, and some transportation services are available.
Stepping Stones, the center’s IOP track geared towards individuals seeking treatment three to five days per week, consists of group therapy and weekly one-on-one sessions with a psychiatrist, advanced practical nurse, and individual therapist. IOP clients benefit from flexible scheduling, with half-day sessions running Monday through Friday, both morning and afternoon.
Barnabas Health’s behavioral staff consists of board-certified geriatric psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, advanced practical nurses and nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), certified addiction counselors, and nutrition counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility’s inpatient unit can accommodate up to 100 individuals at a time. There is currently no further information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, but the three individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com provided ratings of three or more stars for the facility’s accommodations and its level of cleanliness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
When asked how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, the two alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com provided ratings of three out of five stars. Both clients noted a lack of recreational activities but highlighted other strengths of the facility’s treatment programming. “They had a great caffeteria, great staff, great meetings…” one anonymous alum wrote. Michelle, also an alum, found the center’s dual-diagnosis treatment to be effective.
On Google, the facility received an average rating of 2.4 out of five stars, based on feedback from 21 reviewers, not all of whom identified themselves as alumni. To date, most Google users provided either extremely positive or extremely negative reviews. Those who were dissatisfied noted uncaring staff and ineffective treatment. “One of the worst experiences of all time incomptency everywhere nurses do NOT CARE,” Susan wrote in a representative review. However, those who shared positive reviews were impressed with the treatment team, describing them as “courteous” and “kind.” “The staff at this facility is amazing, caring, attentive and compassionate. I spent 7 days here and couldn’t say more positive about the staff and care,” Brian wrote in his five-star review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one anonymous loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com provided a somewhat mixed review, highlighting the program’s effectiveness as a weakness. However, this respondent praised the center’s “communication and caring” and, when asked how likely they were to recommend the facility, provided a rating of four out of five stars. “Expensive but the program helped for a few months until relapse,” they told Best-rehabs.com.
The few Google reviewers who identified themselves as loved ones of patients expressed dissatisfaction with their experiences. One reviewer was frustrated with the center’s visitor policy, which they found restrictive, and the other two loved ones were unimpressed with staff and the overall care provided. “The psychiatrist and nurse practitioners are awful. The social worker flat out lied about my daughter regarding a medication,” Linda wrote in her review.
Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center works with an extensive list of insurance plans including Aetna, CIGNA, and UnitedHealthcare. For those who qualify, the facility offers some financial assistance.