Summit Oaks Hospital in Summit, NJ

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(2.6 of 5)
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19 Prospect Street
Summit NJ 07902

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Areas of Specialization

Medical Detoxification, Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

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Art Therapy
Yoga Therapy
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ABOUT SUMMIT OAKS HOSPITAL

Located an hour west of New York City in Summit, N.J., Summit Oaks Hospital runs a 122-bed inpatient unit, intensive outpatient and day treatment for adults facing psychiatric and substance use disorders, crisis-oriented, psychiatric care for children and adolescents, and co-occurring treatment for dual diagnoses.

One of just 11 hospitals in the state of New Jersey with inpatient treatment services, Summit Oaks Hospital specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and posttraumatic stress (PTSD) using a combination of evidence-based psychotherapeutic and holistic activities that foster creative expression and relaxation. Medically managed detoxification services are also available here.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

The assessment process at Summit Oaks Hospital typically begins with a phone call. Following detoxification, which may involve buprenorphine, treatment in certain cases, clients seeking help for addiction and substance abuse are typically enrolled in a short-term residential rehab program or one of the hospital's intensive outpatient programs (IOP).

Treatment plans combine an array of approaches, with an emphasis on groups and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). While the facility supports working with a 12-step program and attendance at meetings, they are not required at Summit Oaks. Clients can expect a curriculum of educational and counseling sessions designed to address recovery centric topic such as relapse prevention, anger management, and goal setting. Among the recreational activities offered are art therapy, music and songwriting workshops, poetry, stretching, and yoga. Summit Oaks also encourages meditation and mindfulness for effective long-term recovery.

There are several options for outpatient addiction treatment. At the most intensive level is a full-day partial hospitalization (PHP) program, which meets Monday through Friday. IOP clients meet three evenings a week, whereby clients have the option for specialized dual diagnosis treatment and a choice between a 12-step-based and alternative, medication-assisted (Suboxone) therapy. IOP sessions meet for 10 to 12 weeks and random drug testing is required.

The Summit Oaks website also highlights the importance of aftercare and discharge planning. Related services include arrangements for clients to participate in community-based support networks and referrals for ongoing outpatient therapy. The website also mentions family and alumni programming.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

About half a dozen board certified psychiatrists are listed on the Summit Oaks website, specializing in forensic, addiction, and child and adolescent psychiatry. The treatment team also includes master’s level psychotherapists, certified drug and alcohol counselors, a dietitian, and master’s level art therapists.

Summit Oaks Hospital is also one of just 66 (19.2 percent) facilities in the state that’s accredited by the Joint Commission.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Summit Oaks is a 122-bed hospital with chemical dependency units split between detox, short-term rehabilitation, dual diagnosis, and child and adolescent units. Bed availability is updated regularly on the facility's website. Transportation is also provided to and from treatment upon request, a service that’s available at just 47.4 percent of facilities in the state.

The 16 individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com provided a range of opinions on the matter:

Cleanliness: 3.9/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Feedback from nearly a dozen alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date was split between five who would recommend the facility to others and six who wouldn’t. The six individuals more detailed metrics felt Summit Oaks Hospital mediocre:

Holistic Offerings: 1.9/5
Family Participation: 1.3/5
Connectivity: 1.4/5
Staff Training and Experience: 3/5

“Cant get a hold of your luv one to much,” a representative reviewer wrote. Others complained of overly strict policies related to communicating with family and friends outside the facility.

The majority of alumni, however, maintained more positive stances toward the facility and its staff, two of whom noted that they were in recovery themselves.

“The staff is great, groups are very good and I got a lot out of them,” Stephanie reported in her overall assessment of the facility. Others also praised the quality of groups and the caring staff. Nevertheless, others found the staff irritable, unkind, or uncaring.

On Google, Summit Oaks Hospital has an average rating of 2.4 out of five stars based on 154 reviews.[1]

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Feedback from seven friends and family members was split similarly to alumni reviews. In contrast to alumni data, though, the three loved ones polled more extensively by Rehabs.com offered more favorable ratings for staff experience as well as holistic offerings and family participation. Two reported positive long-term results following treatment at Summit Oaks, but one otherwise positive family member felt a need for additional aftercare support while another more critical reviewer reported receiving no follow-up care at all.

Parents also cited issues with accommodations, communication, and staffing.

WHAT STAFF SAY

Though Rehabs.com has not yet received feedback from staffers to date, on Indeed, Summit Oaks Hospital has an average rating of 2.9 out of five stars based on 43 reviews.[2] Though some staff members noted a chaotic environment with bad management, others highlighted a collaborative workplace with excellent coworkers.

FINANCING

Summit Oaks Hospital does not publish costs of services on its website, though it does indicate that its services are covered by private insurance plans, which are accepted at 64.5 percent of facilities statewide as well as TRICARE.

It is also part of the 60.8 percent of facilities statewide to accept Medicare and part of 25.9 percent of facilities statewide to accept Medicaid.

The nine individuals polled by Rehabs.com found treatment somewhat costly:

Affordability: 2.4/5

[1]GoogleReviews
[2]https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Summit-Oaks-Hospital/reviews

Published on September 2019

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RM

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Not a very helpful Treatment plan. Look some where else for help, you will not find it here.

Anonymous

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DO NOT GO HERE. I was treated at summit oaks and I only came out worse then I came in physically and mentally. I was treated for depression and was supposed to stay there for around a week but ended up being there for 3 weeks instead. This place is like a prison with some activites and therapists. The nurses are are either really kind or just plain controlling. I never had any of the nurses be bad to me but that was because I was afraid of disobeying them. All I learned was how to lie and fake getting better so i could get out of that place ASAP I did not learn how to deal with my depression any better and got more anxiety and a worn out body. Please look elsewhere for help. This place does not help.

Anonymous

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Moral support Spiritual Mental health suuportg were good. Food could be better My friend is now 2 years sober so it's working well

W B

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They got groups all day. Cant get a hold of your luv one to much. Staff verey good they care

Anonymous

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There are many areas of improvement for this facility

J R

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Friendly, recovering counselors, Called rehab but is not intense, no family or real personal counseling Good experience

Jayne

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Counselors were alcoholics also, Family not involved. Detox and rehab good. felt like rehab could have been vetter. i have called many time when I was in trouble and they helped me

Anonymous

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Very caring employees. My stepfather attended the facility and is now on the path to success. He no longer drinks and is in the process of regaining his drivers license

Anonymous

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it offered a holistic approach that works to strengthen the person and addressing their needs. it costs a lot and is not long enough to ensure success. They needed to provide more aftercare services. The aftercare services were not at all adequate, and that is probably one of the more important aspects of the program.

Anonymous

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staff was very uncaring to patients and were not kind

Anonymous

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Strengths: accepted my insurance, had beds, showers, and good food throughout the day, full-time staff, some art supplies. Weaknesses: no treatment-mainly a storage area for detox, no specialties-just a "one-size-fits-all", main strategy is to put on medication and discharge, no time outside, no fitness facilities, no meditation or yoga or library or study area, limited visitation, irritable workers, rushed meals, no activities, locked out of your room for the day. It was a good place if you want a break and would like to just sit inside in a chair all day. If you're looking for active treatment-please look somewhere else.

JC

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Iop staff are ok but the business department is disorganized and unreliable. They tell you one cost for all services, even when you check and re-check, then you are still billed outrageous costs for services they told you you were already paying for. Any progress I made with my depression went right down the tubes because of this and now I\'m even more depressed AND in dept. !! Do yourself a favor and find somewhere else!

Dm

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This is a parents worst nightmare sent my daughter in for treatment with PTSD THIS PLACE MADE IT 10 times worse then when she went in its dirty very few caring staff members small area for the children to stay throughout the day the room are small and overloaded with 3 or four in a doom ment for ine person its like a prison she came out of there worse then she went in Dr was awful never returned phone call then tried having my daughter committed after we requested a transfer to another facility !!!!! We had my daughter removed from there and she was helped so much by the other place I am thankful Summit oaks was not our only option run do not leave your child here

Anna

In August 2015. I spent 10 days at the hospital. I was given excellent service from my arrival to departure. I was detoxing from alcohol I also needed an evaluation of my meds. I found the psychiatric doctors to be good and informative. I really appreciated the dedicated nursing and assistants. They were very helpful in helping with my needs. I think the food was good I enjoyed the meals esp the fruit platters. Overall I believe that this facility should have at least 4 stars. Thank you for your help

M

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This review is easy. If you\'ve ever watched the TV show Locked up Abroad...this place is just like that. One only needs to enter the lobby to know what\'s going on in dining area for the the patients. Mice scurrying everywhere. They don\'t clean up the from the patients common room until just before visiting hours. Yeah, that\'s what that awful smell is the deodorizer is trying to cover. Fellow patients here are pretty scary. Can\'t say I blame them. If you\'re suffering major depression and there\'s not room from you in the psyche department of your local hospital, don\'t let them send you here. I had to get the Head of the psyche ward at my local hospital to personally call and transfer my daughter out to his facility. Nothing you say to the staff gets past the phone\'s receiver.

Stephanie

I was there a few years ago and I had been to a lot of detoxes/rehabs and I can honestly say that this is one of the best ones I have been to. I honestly can say I don't have one bad thing to say about this place. The staff is great, groups are very good and I got a lot out of them. I had a great stay there.

Samandra S

My 20 year old daughter, who is a recovering addict, has recently felt stable enough to explore the possibility of an underlying disorder (perhaps depression) and made arrangements to get a diagnosis at Summit Oaks. Having spent about 18 months at Florida rehabs, she was interested in seeing what her home state of New Jersey had to offer in terms of mental health and drug and alcohol recovery care. The admissions process took hours. They were gravely understaffed or uninterested, or both. When any individual with an addiction or a manic episode is finally willing to go to treatment, it is tantamount to a sin to keep them waiting (with desperate family members) so long they not only leave before being admitted, but may be leaving only to die of an overdose. The main building of Summit Oaks is pretty, traditional, clean and bright. The rooms for the patients are cold (temperature was miserably cold) and the blankets were wretched and thin. My daughter noticed that there was a preponderance of senior citizens there and felt outraged that the elderly were subject to such threadbare facilities with rotten food and a real lack of caring enthusiastic staff. I can only imagine that New Jersey pays these employees the bare minimum... If you can, send your kids to Florida for treatment. I can tell you that strangely insurance will cover much more and for a longer period of time (which is essential). It is a sad state of affairs that mental health is still not treated with the same importance that say tonsillitis is in this country. But the profit model rules all. Good luck in your search.

rr

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Terrible experience!! There is no realistic recovering. One TV. Games with no matching parts...My son had a mattress with a slice down the middle from top to bottom both sides! No one thought twice of putting a sheet on it! Just an example of the care and attention to detail. There were daily fights that needed breaking up by staff. My son was hungry after my bringing it to the attention of the non attentive staff he got more food. Very dreary with not one painting etc. Patient advocate was pleasant and tried to help with communication with Dr and social worker but nothing got accomplished. My son left and is home with us. He is 19 and it has been a month since discharge. Not one phone call to see if he is ok. Not one word on discharge to us his family. I can go on and on. DO NOT GO TO SUMMIT OAKS HOSPITAL! Nothing to do for patients but group therapy 3 times a day and then stare at blank walls!

Tom

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Too confining and restrictive, similar to a penal environment.

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