RED BANK, N.J., Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the state's Drug Court system rapidly expanding, the backlog of mental health and substance abuse assessments has reached epic proportions. Evidence has shown that timely intervention is a strong predictor of success for non-violent drug offenders; seeing this need, Two Rivers Evaluation Services (http://trevaluation.com/) has unveiled a first-of-its-kind technological solution to streamline the work of New Jersey's court-ordered evaluation system.
Managing Director Martha Luczak commented: "We're excited to be a part of blending the best of technology with proven mental health, evidence-based practices. We feel we can offer an immediate savings for the state of NJ while offering real support for the new substance abuse and mental health court initiatives."
Two Rivers provides a teleconferencing platform for New Jersey-licensed practitioners and their clients. The technology is fully HIPAA compliant, and the completed forms are identical to the standard New Jersey TASC Court Report. The client pays for the evaluation when selecting an appointment time, and evaluations are available to the court within 72 hours.
Timely intervention prevents first-time, non-violent offenders from becoming costly repeat offenders, saving money now and in the long run. With healthcare changes making approximately 25,000 more people eligible for substance abuse and mental health treatment in 2014, the need for a lean, efficient technology solution like that of Two Rivers becomes clear.
Pressured to move people quickly through the system, low-risk clients are often paired with high-risk services; this mismatch can lead to poor outcomes and inefficient use of available services. One of the principal missions of Two Rivers Evaluation Services is to meet the needs of these low-risk clients, tailoring an individualized evaluation and recommended treatment pathway.
Currently, clients of Two Rivers Evaluation Services need to have a computer with Internet access, an email account and a webcam. In the future, the company hopes to further extend the reach of these services, as well as offer a choice for ongoing prevention support.
About Two Rivers Evaluation Services
Two Rivers Evaluation Services welcomes New Jersey clients who need a substance abuse and mental health assessment. We also welcome referrals from new providers and continually seek ways to partner with attorneys and referring agencies to reach a greater number of individuals in need.
Martha Luczak, Managing Director
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