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Posted on: February 23, 2018

Freeholder Linda Hughes Announces Post House Drug Treatment Center to Reopen Friday

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Burlington County Freeholder Deputy Director Linda Hughes announced today that the operator of Post House Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center has received its State licensure, enabling the county-owned facility to immediately reopen and be utilized for years to come. This important milestone comes as the Board continues to actively address the scourge of substance abuse that is plaguing our communities.

“It is so important that we continue to provide assistance and resources to residents seeking treatment. The reopening of Post House is a huge step in our fight against opioid addiction,” said Deputy Director Hughes, liaison to the County Department of Human Services. “Without Post House, there are no short-term residential treatment or detox services located in Burlington County.”

In November, the Freeholder Board authorized Maryville Addiction Treatment Center of New Jersey to be the operator of the 48-bed facility in Pemberton Township for the next three years. The Board previously awarded Maryville an emergency contract in September, after which Maryville began the licensure process with the State of New Jersey.

Maryville has plans to reopen Post House tomorrow, and begin providing addiction treatment services.

“This new residential treatment center demonstrates our dedication and commitment to making a difference in the field of addiction recovery,” Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville, said. “Maryville is in the business of saving lives. Our staff knows that success is achieved one patient at a time, and that our positive reputation is something we need to earn every day,” noted McWilliams.

Maryville was founded in 1949 and is recognized as a leader in the treatment of addictive disease and co-occurring disorders. Maryville will provide six beds at Post House for long-term residential treatment for the Drug Court Initiative. They will also provide 12 beds for detox and 30 beds for short-term residential treatment.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina expressed appreciation to the Freeholder Board and Maryville for their efforts to revive Post House.

“The opioid epidemic must be attacked with aggressive law enforcement, ubiquitous education and expanded access to treatment,” Prosecutor Coffina said. “The efforts by the Freeholders and Maryville to re-open Post House represent a major step forward on this third front, and will provide more treatment options closer to home for residents struggling with addiction, including those under the supervision of the Drug Court.”

Deputy Director Hughes stressed that helping residents overcome addiction will remain a priority of the Freeholder Board. The reopening of Post House follows other board initiatives such as the county’s Addiction Task Force, and supporting the recently announced Opioid Overdose Recovery Program, Narcan training events and addiction support group meetings.

The three-year agreement with Maryville to operate Post House, at no cost to county taxpayers, is from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. Maryville also operates treatment facilities in Cumberland and Gloucester counties.

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