Community Health Needs Assessment 2016-2019

Somerset County Community Survey

Healthier Somerset is presently working on the 2019 – 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment entails the collection of secondary data, key informant interviews, focus groups, and a community needs survey. The community survey plays an important role in capturing the current health needs of Somerset County residents. Community engagement is key toward health promotion and improvement.

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Community Health Needs Assessment 2016-2019

In response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the following Community Health Needs Assessment includes Carrier Clinic®’s definition of community, identified needs as a result from collaborative primary and secondary data collection with key members and organizations within the defined community, prioritized needs to address, and potential measures and resources to address those needs.

Carrier Clinic®’s community is defined as “adults suffering from acute mental health and dual diagnosis illnesses in Middlesex & Somerset counties.” (These counties make up approximately 35% of Carrier Clinic® admissions in 2015). Carrier Clinic®’s secondary community is the state of New Jersey.

Summary of NJ Mental Health and Addiction Needs:

While some of the figures presented from national and state data show only small increases in mental health or substance abuse utilization of services from previous years, the majority of those suffering with mental health or addiction illnesses are still not receiving treatment. The ratio of population to mental health professionals is low (570:1); but the ratio for physicians is much higher, (1170:1) which may be causing a barrier to treatment if the average consumer does not know how to access independent mental health or addiction services without first seeking help from a physician.

Needs include continuous community and professional education and support for these identified issues:

  • Sixty percent of adults in New Jersey suffering from Any Mental Illness (AMI) did not receive any treatment or counseling within the year prior to being surveyed.
  • Ninety-three percent of those 12 or older who abuse alcohol and 76.3 percent of those who abuse illicit drugs did not receive treatment for their addiction illness.
  • Approximately one-quarter of New Jersey residents are in some type of housing crisis, where they are either in overcrowded situations, unable to afford housing, or in housing that is lacking kitchen and plumbing.
  • Almost fifty percent of our population drives over 30 minutes, alone, on their commute to work- often on crowded and stressful-to-drive highways.
  • One-fifth of the adult population binge drinks, and over 25% of driving deaths involved alcohol.
  • Suicide continues to be an important focus in New Jersey, with over 245,000 adults over 18 seriously considering suicide over the previous year.
  • New Jersey continues to battle a heroin/opioid epidemic across all age groups. High purity heroin is highly addictive, cheap, readily available, and very easy to overdose on.

To read the complete Community Health Needs Assessment, please download the PDF.