JSAS HealthCare (JSASHC) is an outpatient opioid treatment program (OTP) utilizing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), counseling sessions, and peer support programs to treat opioid use disorder.

JSASHC is a CARF-accredited opioid treatment program which is licensed by the NJ State Department of Health.

JSASHC  received a Three-Year Accreditation from CARF as a result of its survey in March 2019. JSAS HealthCare, Inc. received no recommendations during the survey. This accomplishment is achieved by only 3 percent of programs surveyed by of CARF.

JSAS Healthcare offers the following medications:

Methadone is an oral medication taken once daily. It is a synthetic opioid that binds to mu opioid receptors and produces a range of mu agonist effects similar to those of short-acting opioids such as morphine and heroin. This reduces or eliminates withdrawal symptoms and cravings once the patient reaches a therapeutic dose.
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. It is an oral medication taken once daily under the tongue. This reduces or eliminates withdrawal symptoms and cravings once the patient reaches a therapeutic dose. Naloxone in the buprenorphine/naloxone combination medication is an antagonist (blocker) and is not absorbed sublingually. The naloxone contained in the buprenorphine combination medication has no effect if it is taken as prescribed. However, if the buprenorphine is crushed and snorted or injected, the naloxone has the effect of precipitating withdrawal.
Naltrexone (Vivitrol®) is a full opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids. Naltrexone (Vivitrol®) is a once monthly injection. Naltrexone is used primarily after medically supervised withdrawal from opioids to prevent drug relapse in selected, well-motivated patients.

JSAS Healthcare conducts a comprehensive assessment to identify the appropriate treatment based on the individual. Patients meet with a trained addiction counselor, nurse, HIV specialist and a physician. During this process a complete social/medical history is obtained to determine if MAT is right for you.

Announcements

March 30, 2020 – Admissions Update

Effective March 30, 2020, intake for methadone and buprenorphine will be completed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There are no Vivitrol intakes at this time.

The majority of the intake process can now be completed over the phone.  When you come to the clinic, you will be directed to an assigned parking space and asked to call the clinic to begin the intake process.  Please call 732-988-8877 and ask to speak with a nurse or supervisor for more information.

March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Update

JSAS HealthCare, Inc., understands that these are stressful times for all of us.  We truly appreciate your understanding and patience as we have tried to make major operational changes in order to continue to provide services to you.  We have been strongly advocating with the New Jersey Department of Human Services and the Department of Health to relax the regulations imposed on us in order to issue increased take-home doses to you, which have now been approved (see below). 

We also realize that many patients may now be unemployed.  In an effort to assist you, JSASHC will be waiving all co-payments for the next six (6) weeks.   

All counseling and therapy sessions and appointments with Dr Neshin will now be provided over the phone.  We ask you to call or email your counselor/clinician, or they may be calling you directly.  A list of all key clinical, medical and administrative emails is attached.   Please update any of your contact information with your counselor.  JSASHC will remain open, Monday through Friday, and staff will be working onsite on a staggered 3day schedule.   

Additional operational changes are as follows: 

  • Patient’s seeking admission will be directed to designated parking spots.   
  • Patient vehicles and medical transportation vans will line up in the parking lot and be dosed in order.  Security will have a walkietalkie and transmit to the nurses or designated staff the ID#’s of the patients in order (5-10 at a time).  Security will remain by the vehicles until the nurse comes to the car.    
  • You will be directed by security how to proceed in line.  Please listen to the directions of security and staff in order to maintain the most efficient flow of vehicles entering and leaving the parking lot. 
  • Patients should remain in their vehicles. 
  • Patients who walk or bike will be given a spot in the line and asked to wait in a designated area using “social distancing.”   
  • If Medical transportation vans are making the line longer, they will be directed to designated parking spots.  
  • All UDS and face-to-face counseling is suspended.  After next week, and patients are on a staggered schedule, we will reopen UDS (if required by regulatory authorities), and all counseling will be over the phone. 
  • All doses will be pre-poured and labeled in brown paper bags and brought to your car by a nurse who will verify your identity and give you the bag to put in your container or lock box.   
  • Used take home bottles will be put into the brown paper bag and dumped into the portable trash can by the patient.  Security will be in charge of the trash containers and regularly empty them into the locked dumpster. 
  • I have contacted our local police and Office of Emergency Management since there may be a line of cars down Neptune Boulevard (the main street that leads to our driveway).  We have asked for their assistance. 
  • If the line extends onto Neptune Boulevard, cars must enter our driveway from the North (coming from Route 66).  Those coming from the South (from Route 33) will be asked to turn around at Shoprite to get into the line. 
  • Please pull as close to the curb as possible and put on your hazard lights. 

 

TAKEHOME DOSING 

  • Patients in treatment less than 30 days will receive 2 takehomes (or less in order to stagger return date) 
  • Patients in treatment for more than 30 days who have not yet earned a takehome will receive 7 takehomes  (or less in order to stagger return dates) 
  • Patients with one earned takehome will receive 14 takehomes (or less in order to stagger return dates)  
  • Patients who are currently receiving 14 and 28 takehomes will continue to do so; however, you may receive less take homes on your first pickup on or after 03/23/20 to  change the day or date that you return in order to stagger all patients. 
  • Each pre-poured bag will contain a memo to the patient re: the most recent clinic operational plan (again, may change daily) reminders on proper ingestion, storage, etc. 
  • For patients requesting dose adjustments, you will call your counselor or be directed to a supervisor who will complete the dose adjustment request form stating the reason for the request.  A text, email or phone call will be made to the on-call nurse to notify them that a dose adjustment has been requested.  The nurse and physician will review the request, and if approved, enter the order for their next pick up day or as soon as possible.  Phone contact with the patient may be required at the discretion of the physician. 

These emergency guidelines may be amended as needed.  If you have not already done so, please subscribe to our emergency text system by the texting the word jsashc to the number 77948 and check for more detailed information on our website at www.jsashealthcare.org. 

Important information and resources about COVID-19 are posted on the newly launched website at www.covid19.nj.com 

Again, we appreciate your understanding and patience.  Be well! 

 

To subscribe to our emergency text messaging system – text “jsashc” to the number 77948.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or report to your local emergency room.

Opioid overdose training sessions information.

Information on all state services can be found
by calling 211.

For information regarding missed dosing after hours, call 732-988-8877 and press “2” when prompted for patient information.


Patient Statements

This is the only treatment (methadone) that I’ve ever been able to remain off of any illicit drugs. I suggest anyone with opioid addiction admit themselves to this clinic because of the great counselors and groups here.”

Staff is very courteous: Thank God for methadone because it saved my life. I am 6 years clean. I have my daughter. I got my life back and I have a job.”

“I am very happy here. When I moved, I had the option to switch to a different clinic closer to my house. I would rather drive to come here rather than go to another clinic. I appreciate all the staff here. They got me through one of the hardest points in my life. They are the best.”

“Staff is incredibly caring and will go beyond to give you that extra help if possible. Very positive attitudes towards recovery.”

“This clinic literally saved my life and my family. Since joining the program, I’ve gotten clean, established permanent housing all thanks to a very special counselor here. I have a better relationship with my children because they are happier now. JSAS has changed my life for the better times 100 and I am absolutely grateful!”