With deep sadness, we share the passing of John V. Sullivan, former executive director at Maryville Addiction Treatment Center. He was 82. Mr. Sullivan was instrumental in advancing the recovery field and increasing funding for addiction treatment in South Jersey.
A Navy veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Sullivan was active in the community, was an avid fisherman, enjoyed traveling, going to the beach, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren. His name and memory are celebrated every day by the clients and staff who use the Sullivan Dining Hall at our Williamstown Campus.
Maryville Hosts Annual Recovery for Life Gala and Silent Auction
(From left to right: Frank Jones, Partner at Mints Insurance Agency and recovery advocate; Tara Conner, former Miss USA 2006; U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-01); and Bill Crowe, Maryville Addiction Treatment Center Chief Development Officer.)
HADDONFIELD, NJ (September 19, 2018) – Maryville Addiction Treatment Center held its annual Recovery for Life Gala and Silent Auction Friday evening at the Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield. U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-01) was honored with the prestigious Advocacy in Action Award, and guest speaker, Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner, shared her emotionally gripping personal story.
Norcross was recognized for his passionate advocacy of recovery services and dedication to fighting the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. Currently the co-chair of the congressional Bipartisan Heroin Task Force in Congress, Norcross is working aggressively to help families in South Jersey and beyond.
“We are proud to honor congressman Norcross for his distinguished work on behalf of those desperately seeking recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders,” Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville, said. “The congressman’s tireless passion has already changed lives in the South Jersey region, and our Advocacy in Action Award is our way of saying thank you for all those who now have a chance at hope, good health and happiness in recovering from their addiction.”
“Each year we lose more people to the disease of addiction than were killed in the Vietnam War,” Norcross said. “In my district, one person dies every day. I see the despair on their faces each and every night I come home. But on any given day it could have been me or you. The face of recovery is what I see out here. What you’re doing tonight is preventing people from dying. People who gave tonight are giving the gift of life, and for that I am grateful and the nation is grateful.”
Through a series of listening events, Norcross has collaborated with a range of recovery advocates, from families to health care providers, law enforcement and others to better understand the issues facing those struggling with substance use disorder.
Working with the Bipartisan Task Force, the congressman co-sponsored a package of bills presented last year that include legislation such as Jessie’s Law, the STOP OD Act, Addiction Recovery Through Family Health Accounts Act, Road to Recovery Act, INTERDICT Act, Synthetic Drug Awareness Act, CRIB Act, and VA Prescription Data Accountability Act. Many of these bills are progressing in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Recently, he introduced the Jobs Plus Recovery Act, which incorporates job training into treatment and recovery programs. More specifically, the bipartisan legislation establishes a pilot program giving those in treatment access to job training services and help in sustaining recovery.
As guest speaker, Conner shared her emotional story of addiction and recovery. Crowned Miss USA in 2006, she received treatment later that year for alcohol and drug addiction. Since then, she has celebrated nearly 12 years of sobriety and travels the country raising awareness about substance use disorder.
“The joy of recovery is that I can sit alone at perfect ease with just my thoughts and be okay, and that’s what Maryville does,” Conner said. “They instill control in people and give them a second chance at life. There are so many people out there who are struggling and that want to step forward to get help but just don’t know how. We need to normalize addiction, we need to normalize relapse, we have to take the stigma out of all of it.”
“To hear Tara’s heartbreaking account of addiction is a reminder to all of us how much of a struggle it can be, and why we are all so dedicated to helping those affected reclaim their lives,” McWilliams said. “Tara’s impressive and remarkable recovery is a testament to the power of endurance. We applaud her and thank her for sharing her inspirational story that will surely help many in the process of their own recovery.”
Maryville Expands Outpatient Treatment Services to Northfield
NORTHFIELD, NJ (July 30, 2018) – Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, a recognized leader in the treatment of addictive disease and co-occurring disorders, is pleased to announce our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) Treatment Services have expanded to Northfield, Atlantic County at 1907 New Road, Northfield, NJ. Maryville currently offers IOP and OP Treatment Services in Turnersville, Vineland and Northfield.
Maryville’s IOP and OP programs allow individuals to participate in community-based treatment while they continue to meet the everyday living needs of work, family life, and other responsibilities. Consistent with best practices for sustained long term success, Maryville utilizes Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) as clinically indicated. Specialized mental health, veterans, trauma, grief and loss, relapse prevention and family services are also provided by licensed and certified staff. Urine drug screening services are also provided.
Maryville also operates two inpatient withdrawal management (detox) and residential facilities in Williamstown and Pemberton with a total of 124 beds serving adults 18 and older with substance use and co-occurring disorders.
All major insurances, Medicaid and multiple other funding sources are accepted. Please call 855-823-3428 to arrange an appointment today.
Maryville to Have Former Miss USA Tara Conner as Guest Speaker at Recovery for Life Gala and Silent Auction
We are pleased to announce the Guest Speaker for our Recovery for Life Gala and Silent Auction, presented by Ammon Labs on September 14, 2018, Former Miss USA, Tara Conner.
Conner was crowned Miss USA in 2006. In December of that year, she entered treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Tara has since celebrated 10 years of sobriety.
She travels the United States raising awareness about Substance Use Disorder, and the life-changing impact of treatment.
Maryville to Honor U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross at Recovery for Life Gala and Silent Auction
We are pleased to announce that U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross is the honoree at our annual Recovery for Life Gala and Silent Auction, presented by Ammon Labs on September 14, 2018. A fierce advocate for recovery services and dedicated crusader against the disease of addiction, Congressman Norcross will be presented this year’s Advocacy in Action award.
As a member and co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Opiate Epidemic, Congressman Norcross cares deeply about the disease of addiction gripping South Jersey and the entire nation. He is working aggressively in Congress to identify meaningful ways to help families dealing with this crisis. Congressman Norcross collaborates with local advocates, families, health care providers, law enforcement, individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorder, and those in recovery through a series of listening events to gain a full understanding of the issues and potential solutions.
Working with the bipartisan task force, a package of bills was presented that includes legislation such as Jessie’s Law, the STOP OD Act, the Addiction Recovery Through Family Health Accounts Act, Road to Recovery Act, the INTERDICT Act, the Synthetic Drug Awareness Act, the CRIB Act, and the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act.
Several of the bills recently moved forward in the House and Congressman Norcross continues to fight for the advancement of the entire package of bills and against budget cuts at the federal level. Congressman Norcross also introduced Jobs Plus Recovery Act, which incorporates job training into treatment and recovery programs. Specifically, the bipartisan legislation establishes a pilot program to give those in treatment access to job training services, helping to sustain recovery.
Community Unites Against Addiction at Maryville’s 11th Annual Race for Recovery
PENNSAUKEN, NJ (June 27, 2018) – Some walked, some ran, but all made huge strides of support for Maryville Addiction Treatment Center’s mission of treating those with substance use and co-occurring disorders at the 11th Annual Race for Recovery & 5K Fun Walk, held Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken.
Hundreds of supporters participated in the event under clear skies. Proceeds from the event support the Peter P. Black IV Scholarship Fund, which assists individuals unable to pay for substance use disorder treatment at Maryville.
“We’re so excited to see the outpouring of support from our local communities,” Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville, said. “It’s the energy and dedication of individuals like today’s participants that truly make a difference in raising awareness, reducing stigmas and supporting the recovery of those who need help.”
“When we started this race, recovery was not such a popular cause, but it has grown,” said Kate Holt, mother of Peter P. Black IV, the inspiration for the scholarship fund that bears his name. “So far, the Peter P. Black IV scholarship has helped hundreds of people get treatment over the years. There are so many people suffering from addiction who might be able to call Maryville tomorrow and get treatment because of you, so you really have saved lives.”
The top two finishers in the 5K race were Ryan Tencza, of Mantua, with a time of 20:59; and Amy Bernstain, of East Windsor, with a time of 21:33.
Ride for Recovery Benefits Maryville Addiction Treatment Center
(Bikers rode for a cause on a route from Barb’s Harley Davidson in West Collingswood Heights to Maryville’s residential treatment center in Williamstown on May 6, 2018.)
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (May 7, 2018) – Nearly 100 motorcyclists revved their engines and cruised through Camden and Gloucester counties Sunday, May 6th, for Maryville Addiction Treatment Center’s 6th annual Ride for Recovery and Bike Show.
Riders and non-riders alike were treated to a host of fun activities that included a BBQ lunch, Battle of the Bikes contest and other thrills to raise proceeds for the Peter P. Black IV Scholarship Fund at Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, which helps individuals unable to pay for substance use disorder treatment.
“Ride for Recovery is always a fun and lively event for Maryville, and we’re thankful for all of the riders who came out this year,” Kendria McWilliams, President and CEO of Maryville, said. “Each participant truly helps in the fight against substance abuse.”
Pittsgrove resident Anna O’Donnell attended the ride for the fifth year in a row Sunday and spoke of the importance of drug treatment services. Her son tragically lost 10 friends to drug addiction in the last year, she said.
“I’m happy Maryville is doing this again,” O’Donnell said. “So many families are struggling with drug addiction issues right now, and I’m glad Maryville is able to help them.”
6th Annual Ride for Recovery and Bike Show
WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. (May 1, 2018) – Scores of motorcyclists will ride for a noble cause Sunday, May 6th in Maryville Addiction Treatment Center’s 6th Annual Ride for Recovery and Bike Show, followed by a BBQ lunch and Battle of the Bikes contest.
Proceeds benefit the Peter P. Black IV Scholarship Fund at Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, which helps individuals unable to pay for substance use disorder treatment.
“Our annual Ride for Recovery is always an enjoyable and lively event, and we’re especially excited for this year’s Battle of the Bikes contest,” Kendria McWilliams, President and CEO of Maryville, said. “Each participant – whether riding or simply enjoying the BBQ lunch and bike contest – truly helps in the fight against substance abuse.”
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., with kickstands up at noon. The BBQ lunch follows from 1-4 p.m., along with the new Battle of the Bikes contest. Prizes for the contest will be available for first, second and third place winners.
The ride begins at Barb’s Harley-Davidson, 926 Black Horse Pike in W. Collingswood Heights and ends at Maryville Residential, 1903 Grant Avenue in Williamstown. Tickets for riders, passengers and BBQ-only are $20.
Officials Celebrate Reopening of Maryville at Post House Treatment Facility
Although Maryville at Post House officially reopened in February, officials came together on Friday to celebrate the reopening of the treatment center amid the heroin and opioid epidemic.
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (March 27, 2018) — About two months after the Maryville at Post House Treatment Center opened its door, officials got together to celebrate the reopening of the facility.
“Our patients come to us from all over New Jersey with or without insurance,” Maryville Chief Executive Officer Kendria McWilliams said. “We assess and treat the whole person.”
The 48-bed facility on Pemberton-Browns Mills Road serves male patients struggling with addiction and other co-occurring disorders. Six of the beds will be set aside for long-term residential treatment for the county’s drug court program, while 12 of the beds will be used for detoxification. The 30 remaining beds will be used for short-term residential treatment.
The facility had been closed since April 2017, when its previous operator Legacy Treatment Services, based in Hainesport, shut it down due to financial concerns.
In September, the Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, which has facilities in Gloucester and Cumberland counties, was awarded a contract to operate the center through the end of 2017. In November, both provider and the county came to a three-year agreement, in which Maryville will pay the county $100,000 annually as a lease fee and be responsible for providing detoxification and short-term residential services. There are also two one-year options that could extend the agreement through December 2022.
Maryville received its license to operate from the state in February and opened its doors to patients on Feb. 23.
The reopening was also made possible since Post House can now accept patients with Medicaid, thanks to a waiver from the federal government.
Under previous restrictions, known as the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases exclusion, facilities with more than 16 beds were prohibited from billing Medicaid. The restriction was designed to prevent Medicaid funding from going to privately run mental health institutions, which had been accused of warehousing patients. However, the restrictions prevented lower-income patients from gaining access to drug treatment.
Linda Hughes, the deputy director of the Burlington County Board of Freeholders, said that the reopening was a crucial step to the county’s efforts to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic.
“It is so fulfilling to see this facility back open,” she said.
Hughes said that they want to continue to let residents suffering from addiction and their family members know there are resources available to them in the county so they don’t have to feel alone in their struggles.
Since January, 49 county residents are suspected to have died of a drug overdose, according to NJ Cares, a program under the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
One of the speakers, an alumnus of a Maryville Treatment facility, who gave his name as Robert K., said he could have been one of them.
He said he had been using heroin for about 30 years and had multiple trips to state prison.
“I couldn’t get a day clean — not like I was trying,” he said.
It wasn’t until 2014 when a friend suggested he give treatment a try that he was able to turn his life around. He stopped using in April 2014 and since then he was able to get a job and earn a living, while staying clean. He works to help get others struggling into treatment.
He praised his counselor at Maryville named Monica as an angel who helped him enter recovery.
“She just believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself,” he said.
Sen. Cory Booker also sent a letter through a staff member congratulating Maryville and the county for working together to provide this service for residents.
Maryville at Post House Opens Today
Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, a leader in the treatment of addictive disease and co-occurring disorders, is expanding access to care for all New Jersey residents suffering from addictive disease. Maryville currently operates 76 inpatient withdrawal management (detox) and short term residential beds for women and men in Williamstown, NJ, and today opened an additional 48 beds for men at Burlington County’s Post House facility located at 610 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road in Pemberton, NJ.
The new program, which marks Maryville’s third expansion in six years, offers inpatient withdrawal management, short and long-term residential treatment for men. Maryville’s team of physicians, nurses and clinicians are experts in assessing individual needs and delivery of high quality care for opioid, alcohol and other substance use and co-occurring disorders.
“This new residential treatment center demonstrates our dedication and commitment to making a difference in the field of addiction recovery,” Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville, said. “Maryville is in the business of saving lives. Our staff know that success is achieved one patient at a time, and that our positive reputation is something we need to earn every day,” noted McWilliams.
The new treatment center marks Maryville’s second residential campus, bringing its total bed capacity to 124, including 31 withdrawal management, 87 short-term and six long-term residential addiction and co-occurring disorders treatment beds. Maryville has increased its inpatient bed capacity twice since 2011 at its Williamstown campus.
Maryville Makes the NJAMHAA’s Winter 2017 Newsletter
Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, a private nonprofit organization and long-standing member agency of NJAMHAA, provides comprehensive high-quality
drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring treatment services for individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction.
Currently, Maryville operates a residential facility in Williamstown, Gloucester County, which provides 76 beds and offers gender-specific inpatient withdrawal management and residential programs for adults 18 and older with substance use and co-occurring disorders. Trauma informed mental health, chronic pain treatment, and relapse prevention services are provided for veterans, other adults and families by licensed and certified staff.
Maryville is preparing for a significant expansion with the opening of Post House at Maryville, located in Pemberton of Burlington County. A contract recently awarded by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Maryville at Post House will consist of….
Community Unites Against Addiction at Maryville’s 10th Annual Race for Recovery
On a morning that featured perfect running weather, nearly 200 runners, walkers and supporters joined Maryville Addiction Treatment Center’s 10th Annual Race for Recovery 5K and Fun Walk on October 1st at Cooper River Park. Proceeds from the event support the Peter P. Black IV Scholarship Fund, assisting individuals unable to pay for substance abuse treatment at Maryville.
“We’re excited to see so many people from our local communities support this tremendous cause,” said Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville. “Participants in our Race today are helping to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and support recovery from addictive disease.”
Kate Holt, founder of the Peter P. Black IV Scholarship Fund, took the opportunity to reinforce the need for sustained support for addiction recovery treatment funding and awareness. Holt lost her son, Peter, to substance abuse and invited those who lost loved ones to stand with her for a moment of silence.
“Maryville is saving lives through their efforts, and I am glad to be a part of it, so fewer mothers will have to go through losing a child,” said Holt.
Maryville Hosts Annual Recovery for Life Gala and Silent Auction
Over 300 people attended Maryville Addiction Treatment Center’s annual Recovery for Life Gala and Silent Auction. The event was held at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield and featured special guest speaker and actor/producer/director Daniel Baldwin.
Frank Jones, Partner at Mints Insurance Agency, was honored with the Advocacy in Action Award for his passionate work in the addiction recovery field. Congressman Donald Norcross sent a proclamation that was presented with the award. As an addiction recovery advocate, Jones affects policy changes nationally for those with Substance Use Disorder.
“It was humbling to be honored by the Maryville Addiction Treatment Center,” said Frank. “This country needs to start taking Substance Use Disorder seriously, we’re out of time. My hope is the work I’m doing continues to make that happen.”
Baldwin was emphatic as he shared stories with the attendees about his own journey in recovery and those he is now striving to help. He made it clear that without the help of every individual in the room and more, real change in the world of recovery would be nearly impossible.
“We need to work harder to raise awareness and help those that struggle with this disastrous drug epidemic,” said guest speaker, Daniel Baldwin. “Maryville should be proud of what they’re doing because their effort is making a difference and it’s exactly what everyone should be doing nationwide.”
“I’m so grateful to have a community that cares so much about creating an impact in the world of addiction,” said Kendria McWilliams, Chief Executive Officer at Maryville. “Our guests had the chance to hear how their generous support is changing lives by helping our clients find health, hope and healing in recovery.”
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Maryville Welcomes Mary Jo Bernardo as Director of Performance Improvement
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (July 8, 2017) – Maryville Addiction Treatment Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Mary Jo Bernardo as Director of Performance Improvement and Compliance.
Bernardo serves as Maryville’s Corporate Compliance Officer; ensures accreditation and adherence to licensing standards; oversees staff development, training and credentialing; and is in charge of reviewing and creating policies and procedures for health and safety, privacy and security.
“Mary Jo brings a wealth of expertise and talent which will enhance our staff development and training,” said Kendria McWilliams, President and CEO of Maryville. “We’re delighted to welcome her to our leadership team at Maryville.”
Bernardo has a master’s in counseling services and a bachelor’s in education from the William Paterson University of New Jersey. Before joining Maryville, Bernardo was Chief Operating Officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA and Chief Operating Officer of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation in the San Francisco Bay area. She served as Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Easter Seals Bay Area. She was also Vice President of Easter Seals New Jersey for 19 years.
“It’s an honor to be part of Maryville’s mission of providing high-quality addiction treatment in South Jersey,” Bernardo said. “I look forward to working with the exceptional professionals at Maryville.”
Maryville Welcomes Bill Crowe as Chief Development Officer
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (June 13, 2017) – Maryville Addiction Treatment Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Chief Development Officer Bill Crowe. Crowe oversees fundraising efforts, special events and internal procedures, coordinates volunteers and works to build Maryville’s relationships with the community and other organizations.
“Bill’s work ethic, fundraising experience and background in the field of addiction treatment are a significant asset to our operations,” said Kendria McWilliams, President and CEO of Maryville. “We’re very happy to welcome him on board so we can work together for Maryville’s success.”
Crowe is a graduate of Rowan University with a master’s in public relations and a bachelor’s in marketing. He previously served as Executive Director at Legacy Treatment Services Foundation and Associate Executive Director at the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addictions Agencies. He is a member of the Marketing and Membership Committee of the Southern New Jersey Development Council and is on the Board of Trustees of Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Mount Laurel, NJ, with his wife, Carol, and their four children.
“I’m grateful to have this opportunity and excited to collaborate with such dedicated professionals,” Crowe said. “It’s a privilege to be part of a team that’s helping people get the addiction treatment they need.”
United Way Honors Maryville CEO Kendria McWilliams
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (May 15, 2017) – Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, will receive the United Way’s Andy Wager Agency Director Award at an award ceremony Thursday, May 18th. The award is presented to an agency director who has demonstrated good agency management, remarkable leadership among peers and partnership with United Way.
“I’m honored to be making a difference in the field of addiction recovery,” said McWilliams. “Teamwork and collaboration are essential at Maryville in order to provide our clients with the highest level of care for their health, hope and healing.”
“Kendria is making a significant impact at Maryville and on the lives of those she serves,” said Jim Cawley, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. “Her leadership is helping to empower individuals in recovery and the skilled professionals she works with daily.”
McWilliams is a graduate of Ursinus College and West Chester University of Pennsylvania, with an MBA in Business. She has been CEO of Maryville since 2011, and was previously CEO of the American Red Cross Lower Bucks County and CEO of Eagleville Hospital in Eagleville, PA.
Ride for Recovery Benefits Maryville Addiction Treatment Center
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (May 10, 2017) – More than 80 motorcyclists revved their engines and rode for a cause in the 5th Annual Motorcycle Ride for Recovery and Bike Show Sunday, May 7th. The route took them from West Collingswood Heights to Williamstown, where riders parked at Maryville Residential and enjoyed a barbeque, 50/50 and basket raffle attended by over 300 people. All proceeds benefit the Peter P. Black IV Scholarship Fund at Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, which helps individuals unable to pay for substance abuse treatment.
“The Ride for Recovery is incredibly important for our clients in South Jersey who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders,” said Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville. “Our mission is to help them find health, hope and healing in recovery and to ensure that all those who need treatment have access to it.”
Maryville Addiction Treatment Center Approved as VA Care Provider
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (April 5, 2017) – Maryville Addiction Treatment Center is expanding treatment options for South Jersey veterans under a new agreement with the Wilmington VA Medical Center, which adds Maryville to the VA’s Choice provider network.
“This partnership is incredibly important for veterans seeking recovery from substance abuse,” said Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville. “Maryville is dedicated to providing the best possible treatment and linkage to recovery supports. My hope is that through this affiliation with the VA, more of our veterans will have access to the exceptional addiction and co-occurring disorders treatment we offer at Maryville.”
The Veterans Choice Program, established in 2014, allows veterans to receive care from approved providers in their own community when VA services are not available or when VA facilities are a considerable distance away. In 2016, local VA facilities were given the ability to establish local provider agreements with private organizations.
“It is our goal to do all that we can to remove barriers that separate veterans from the care they deserve,” said Robert Callahan, acting director of the Wilmington VA Medical Center. “VA can’t do this alone; it takes an entire community working together.”