Paramus-based Care Plus NJ Inc. announced on Monday it has received approval from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to expand its residential program with the designation of its second Level A+ residence.
This expansion increases CarePlus’ capacity for Level A+ housing, the highest level of residential care, from 5 to 10 beds and brings CarePlus’ residential program to a total of 46 beds in 10 residences across Bergen County.
“There is a substantial need for Level A+ housing, since often, individuals coming out of an inpatient hospital setting see the most benefit from 24-hour supervision and care,” said Melissa Sampath, director of CarePlus Residential Services, in a statement. “The additional Level A+ residence will allow us to ensure more individuals receive the most appropriate level of care, which will result in more successful placements and reduced re-hospitalizations for our residents.”
Sampath said that without the additional support and supervision of Level A+ care, many individuals face obstacles to community reintegration. “We are pleased to see the State of NJ responding to the need for a greater level of care by helping us address the gap in services for those coming out of hospital settings with the addition of this Level A+ residence, which will enable us to provide more individuals with access to the quality of care they need,” Sampath said.
CarePlus Residential Services provides community care for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, providing them with the most appropriate level of care and supervision to improve quality of life, increase autonomy, enhance reintegration into the community and prevent re-hospitalization.
According to CarePlus, residents are identified based on hospital recommendations and undergo an evaluation by CarePlus’ Residential Treatment Team, which determines the most appropriate level of residential care.
The continuum of residential care ranges from Level A+, which provides the most comprehensive care with 24/7 support and supervision; to Level A, which provides 12 hours of supervision per day; and Level B, which provides four hours of supervision per day and fosters more independence.
Residents are placed in group homes based on their needs at the time of intake.
An existing Level A residence will be converted into the new Level A+ residence. The single-family home will house five clients in three bedrooms, two of which are shared.
Additionally, a temporary residential home will become a permanent Level A residence. Individuals that are part of the CarePlus Residential Program will receive adjusted housing assignments that will ensure they are all placed in the most appropriate levels of care.