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    Erin Sharp Newton
    Mar 3, '21 7:36 PM EST

    Phase 1 of The Retreat & Recovery at Ramapo Valley Opens in New Jersey. The design by NK Architects is a state-of-the art treatment center in Mahwah set within a serene, historic landscape in North Jersey. The project expands access to addiction treatment and behavioral health services on the campus of a former religious retreat in Mahwah.  Source: HMH/ Carrier

    Source: HMH/ Carrier Clinic 

    Phase 1 provides outpatient addiction treatment within a restored carriage house on a site, once used as a spiritual retreat, that draws on a legacy of restoration and well-being. Grounded in evidence-based practice, wellness, and integrative medicine, and supported by The October Foundation, the retreat’s hybrid care model provides every aspect of support and intervention necessary to address the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

    “The meticulous craftsmanship that was needed to maintain its charm while updating the 110-year-old facility that now serves as the Retreat & Recovery at Ramapo Valley took nearly two years to complete” during the COVID-19 pandemic, wrote Tom Bergeron in ROI-NJ. “And the landscape around the facility — a serene, wooded setting in Mahwah that offers the type of atmosphere that is needed for the state-of-the art addiction treatment center Hackensack Meridian Health unveiled Wednesday morning — takes you back to a simpler time.

    But, if you think the idyllic setting means treatment will be based on techniques from days gone by, think again: The specialists at the Retreat & Recovery at Ramapo Valley will be helping people in the ever-growing demands for behavioral health with modern-day technologies.” (Source: NOI-NJ Tom Bergeron)

    Some of the technologies include virtual reality therapy, telehealth, facial recognition, and apps for self-help. 

    “The Retreat & Recovery at Ramapo Valley arrives at a critical time for our state,” said Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “We know that more people are struggling with mental health issues and addiction. In fact, it is a pandemic within the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are here to help.’

    “We’ve talked a lot about the merger between HMH and Carrier being an opportunity to change the narrative — a way to try to get rid of the stigma that has existed for generations and a way to expand access,” Garrett said. “This whole idea of new technologies, innovation and even research in the area of behavioral health is something significant that folks like Don and his colleagues at Carrier have brought to the table.

    “That, and facilities such as this one, give me hope.”

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