Implementation Strategy 2013

Executive Summary

From January, 2013 through September, 2013, Carrier Clinic®, a New Jersey psychiatric hospital and recovery center, underwent a comprehensive data gathering process (Community Health Needs Assessment) to identify the mental health needs of the communities we serve. As a specialized, non-profit psychiatric hospital, our definition of community is unlike most medical/surgical centers who primarily use geographic boundaries to define “community.”

At Carrier Clinic, while we accept patients from throughout the state of New Jersey, we have defined our “community” as “mentally ill adults residing in Middlesex, Somerset, Ocean, Monmouth, Mercer, Morris, and Hunterdon Counties” (75% of our patients came from those counties in 2012).

Utilizing a compilation of County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) data, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) participation, key informant interviews, patient focus groups and other sources, we have identified the mental health education and information needs of each county, and have put together a plan to meet those needs, as we are able, specific to each county in our defined community.

As most counties listed above have identified “mental illness” as a top priority in their respective Community Health Improvement Plans, there are tremendous opportunities for Carrier Clinic® to provide education and information to not only consumer/community members, but to the mental health professionals in those counties as well.

About Carrier Clinic

Carrier Clinic is a private, nonprofit behavioral healthcare system located on 100+ acres at the foothills of the Sourland Mountains in Belle Mead, NJ (Somerset County).

Founded in 1910, Carrier Clinic specializes in psychiatric and substance abuse addiction treatment and provides expert care and education for adolescents, adults, and older adults on the inpatient and residential levels. Outpatient services are provided for Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) treatment and drug abuse addiction.

Carrier Clinic is accredited by the Joint Commission, and is a member of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies (NJMHA), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS), the Somerset County Business Partnership and the Princeton Chamber of Commerce.

While Carrier Clinic accepts patients from throughout the state of New Jersey, the majority of patients are adults with psychiatric illnesses (comprising of approximately 75% of admissions from 2012) from the following counties:

  • Middlesex
  • Somerset
  • Ocean
  • Monmouth
  • Mercer
  • Morris
  • Hunterdon

In response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Carrier Clinic conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment, which is also available by contacting the Community Relations Department at 908-281-1513 or for a printed copy. The 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.

In this Implementation Strategy document, Carrier Clinic will recap identified and prioritized needs and present the Implementation Strategy that was adopted by the Carrier Clinic Board of Trustees on December 10, 2013. This Implementation Strategy is also available by contacting the Community Relations Department at 908-218-1513 or for a printed copy.

Carrier Clinic’s community is defined as “mentally ill adults residing in Middlesex, Somerset, Ocean, Monmouth, Mercer, Morris and Hunterdon counties” (These counties make up approximately 75% of EMH admissions in 2012).

Carrier Clinic – Definition of Community

Carrier Clinic/ Area of Expertise

As Carrier Clinic is a specialized behavioral health hospital, without the resources and expertise of a full-service community medical/surgical hospital, we will be focusing on the adult population data (18+) for Mental Health (and findings which include accessing mental health services) in determining each county’s Mental Health Needs and Service Gaps.

Community Needs Assessment – Data Gathering Overview

As a result of our definition of community, from January 2013 through September 2013, Carrier Clinic® has conducted interviews with Mental Health Administrators and other Mental Health professionals in each identified county, attended monthly County Mental Health Advisory Committee meetings, has participated in a collaborative effort with Somerset County Health Services stakeholders to produce a BRFSS study, has been invited to work in conjunction with Middlesex County on the Mental Health needs of their Implementation strategy, as identified through their BRFSS study, and has relied on additional secondary demographic information to aid in the Needs Assessment process.

View the attached document for the full contents of Carrier Clinic®’s Implementation Strategy.