VIDEO: Recovery Center in Atlantic City Announces Closure of Long Term Residential Services


ATLANTIC CITY - The John Brooks Recovery Center in Atlantic City plans to shut down their treatment center in April of 2016 as a result of trying to relocate for a long time. The Center houses about 10% of the long-term residential beds in New Jersey.
“I feel terrible," said Alan Oberman, CEO of John Brooks Recover Center. "This was a win-win proposition for the Tourist District and for us. These are 100 year old plus buildings, we need to move into newer facilities, get out of downtown Atlantic City. The tourist district would benefit from us not being here, so it was fully a win-win situation.”
The center has a relocation agreement with the CRDA, who agreed to help with funding for renovation and relocation of two sites. When four casinos closed, the CRDA told Oberman they couldn’t afford it, and the two reached an agreement that the Recovery Center would be responsible for the funding.
“We have an agreement with the CRDA that by January 1st, if we don’t have the funding for at least 75% of the project, that we would start a closure process,” said Oberman.
Oberman hoped that he would be reimbursed by the state, after the State Department of Human Services told them members who help in the field of addiction will be getting an increase in reimbursement rights. But after a recent meeting with them, Oberman learned they wouldn’t be getting an increase, and they wouldn’t have been able to afford to move on their own.
“If I was just a business man, this is a good business decision to make," said Oberman. "But I’m not. You know, I’m a trained social worker, I myself am a recovering addict, long term recovery, so I have a real soft spot for all of this, so I’d like to be able to do everything I’ve said and still have the residential, even if it’s smaller.”
The closing of the residential facilities means that 119 beds will be gone. Despite the closings, Alan Oberman says he is still confident in continuing the outpatient services that the center has to offer.
“I think there’s still possibility we can get passed this situation that we’re in," said Oberman. "I don’t feel like this is impossible, I haven’t given up hope yet.”