MAYS LANDING — John Brooks Recovery Center is moving most of its addiction treatment services in Atlantic City to a facility that will be built in the Hamilton Business Park in Mays Landing for a late 2019-early 2020 debut.
The Township of Hamilton Planning Board approved Thursday for the nonprofit to build a 58,000-square-foot inpatient facility on a wooded lot near the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission in a $16 million project.
Alan Oberman, CEO of John Brooks, said the project is part of a continuing plan to move its services out of Atlantic City and onto the mainland to expand access to treatment. The new facility will offer 120 inpatient short-, long-term and detox beds with a focus on treating more South Jersey residents.
“We’re not going to deny people from other states, but this will be a focus on Atlantic County and South Jersey,” he said. “We expect to develop a stronger relationship with AtlantiCare and their overdose patients where they can refer those people to us.”
John Brooks currently offers long-term residential and outpatient addiction services with case management, counseling and medication assisted treatment among four locations in Pleasantville and Atlantic City.
Part of the project’s funding will come from the sale of the nonprofit’s two residential program buildings on Pacific and Tennessee avenues in Atlantic City. Oberman said they have entered into a purchase agreement with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority for an undisclosed amount.
Those residential beds will move to the new center to make up 24 detox beds and 96 short- and long-term beds for private insurance holders and people covered through Medicaid and other low-income assistance programs.
John Brooks will maintain outpatient services at its remaining location on Bacharach Boulevard in Atlantic City, officials said. Programs and operations at its Pleasantville location will stay the same.
Oberman said John Brooks will not expand its number of beds with the move, but the project will offer more options to people, especially those who might benefit from a short-term inpatient stay rather than a longer one.
There has been a severe lack of short-term beds that accept Medicaid in the county, Oberman said, and he hopes this will start to fill that gap.
In addition to money from the building sales in Atlantic City, funding for the new two-story facility comes from the nonprofit’s fundraisers, donations and other operating revenue.
The bulk of funding will come in a loan granted by the New Jersey State Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, officials said. Oberman said they hope to break ground in September and anticipate 14 to 16 months of construction.