Massive Healthcare Systems Merger Seeks To Integrate Mental, Physical Care

January 4, 2019

Two of New Jersey’s leading health care institutions have joined forces in a partnership designed to expand access to addiction care and strengthen the behavioral health system. The move reflects a growing national push to provide more integrated treatment to those with mental and physical illnesses, while better controlling costs. The merger between Hackensack Meridian Health, with its 16 hospitals, hundreds of offices and associated medical school, and the 100-year-old Carrier Clinic, which specializes in addiction and psychiatric care, is the first of its kind in New Jersey, according to officials who celebrated the agreement in a ceremony Thursday.