Care Plus NJ Inc. said July 29 it is bolstering its Addiction Recovery Services leadership team with the promotion of Katherine Coleman to the role of vice president.
Coleman will work closely with Dr. Jerry Joseph, vice president of addiction medicine, to oversee CarePlus NJ’s Addiction Recovery Services, which include a full continuum of outpatient care for adults and adolescents.
In her new role, Coleman will oversee outpatient services working with an interdisciplinary team of medical staff including board-certified ASAM physicians, psychiatrists and experienced nursing staff bringing a holistic approach to addiction treatment with an emphasis on emotional healing and physical comfort.
With more than 10 years of professional experience working in the field of substance use and mental health counseling, Coleman is well-versed in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings and has expertise working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Joining CarePlus NJ in 2013 as the program director for addictive services, she excelled at overseeing all aspects of the provider’s adult and adolescent programming. In 2019, she was promoted to associate vice president of addiction services where she played an integral role in the development and expansion of CarePlus NJ’s addiction recovery services care continuum.
“Throughout her time at CarePlus NJ, Katherine has demonstrated compassion, strong leadership skills and a very high level of expertise in addiction treatment that have played an integral role in the formation and expansion of our addiction recovery services care continuum,” said Ann Marie Zihal, senior vice president of clinical services at CarePlus NJ. “I am confident she will remain a tremendous asset to our organization and to the communities we serve.
Further positioning the organization as a leader in the addiction treatment space, Coleman was appointed to New Jersey’s Professional Advisory Committee (PAC), and Joseph was named a member of the Bergen County Overdose Fatality Review Team (OFRT).
PAC liaises with DMHAS to provide recommendations pertinent to substance use and co-occurring disorders to the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services (DHS). Comprised of between 15 and 30 members, the Professional Advisory Committee appoints individuals that best reflect leadership, expertise, service and/or advocacy pertinent to substance use disorders and addictions.
OFRT was established to determine the factors that cause or are correlated with fatal overdoses in Bergen County; it develops strategies to prevent and intervene with overdoses and individuals at high risk for overdoses.