According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020 over 93,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, up nearly 30% from 2019 in a year overshadowed by COVID-19. Too many families continue to suffer and lose loved ones to the disease of addiction.
As a part of Recovery Centers of America’s MAT team, you’ll join us at the forefront of the battle against addiction and help RCA bring high-quality, affordable treatment to those in need of help. The opportunity to make a difference not just in people’s lives, but in your communities, is what makes a career with RCA’s MAT program more than just a job.
Our Medication-Assisted Program
RCA’s MAT program provides a comprehensive, individually tailored program of both medication and behavioral therapy; a formula that can be the key to our patient’s need to start, and stay, in long-term recovery.
Since 2019, RCA’s MAT facilities have offered treatment services for a wide range of substance abuse issues, including alcohol, opiates, heroin, and methamphetamine addiction. Our campuses offer a variety of medication-assisted treatment services – including methadone, suboxone, vivitrol, and sublocade – designed to effectively treat drug and alcohol addiction, as well as support long-term, meaningful recovery for patients and their families.
Learn more about our MAT program here.
One of the keys to success for RCA’s MAT facilities is leadership. Great management means great employees, which means more patients receiving the care they need. Our team has a proven track record of high-quality addiction treatment. At RCA, we believe that strong leadership isn’t just great for our patients, it’s also an opportunity for you to learn from the best and grow professionally.
Dr. Michael DeShields
Dr. Michael S. DeShields, MD, is a graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine. An Internist, Dr. DeShields has specialized in addiction medicine for more than 36 years and holds his Board Certification in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Deshields has a practice in Blackwood, NJ, and is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
He has served as the Medical Director for Delaware Valley Medical, Camden County Health Services, Camden County Department of Health & Human Services, Kennedy Health Systems Methadone Clinic, Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Treatment, as well as Recovery Services of NJ.
The current Medical Director and Executive Director of RecoveryCare Medical Associates and an adjunct faculty member of UMDNJ-SOM, Dr. DeShields lectures both nationally and locally on the topics of alcohol and opioid dependence.
Executive Director for
Trenton and Woodbridge
Jermaine Graham is a diverse and well rounded behavioral health care professional. He comes to us with over 15 years of experience working in the behavioral health field and has spent the last decade in a leadership capacity helping to develop and implement creative and innovative approaches to service delivery. He began his career in Philadelphia working with chronically homeless individuals who suffered from co-occurring disorders. As the project manager he worked with various providers to develop long term inpatient programs tailored toward this vulnerable population. As the manager of the Network Improvement and Accountability Collaborative (NIAC) Jermaine was the leader of multiple team audits that inspected and evaluated all behavioral health programs in the city of Philadelphia that received Medicaid funding. Jermaine, a proud Air Force veteran, worked to stand up the largest co-ed safe haven for homeless veterans in the city of Philadelphia.
Prior to coming to Recovery Centers of America Jermaine was the executive director overseeing multiple medicated assisted treatment (MAT) outpatient clinics; including the largest methadone clinic in the city of Philadelphia. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge regarding program start ups, strategic program development and regulatory governing standards.
Executive Director for
After earning her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University, Laura Fidorowicz, MA, LPC, NCC, jumped into the social services field, staying there for almost 2 decades. Now, Laura brings her expertise, compassion, and thorough understanding of the disease of addiction to RCA. Laura began her career in child welfare and community-based adolescent mental health services, eventually moving to Behavioral Health Administration.
Throughout the years, Laura has held several different positions, including program oversight, regulations monitoring, clinical review and care authorization, and program expansion. Most recently, Laura served as the Single County Authority Administrator for Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where she was dedicated to offering equitable and quality evidence-based and supported services to all individuals seeking substance use prevention and treatment programs. Laura looks forward to healing suffering patients and helping them rebuild their lives.
Director of Substance Abuse Services
RCA MAT Facilities
Benjamin-John Gonzales (MA, NCC, LPC, LCADC, ACS) has 20 years’ experience working in the behavioral healthcare field and 5 years’ experience working in the medical technology laboratory field. He has a strong initiative and passionate commitment to excellence towards high ethical and professional standards, and flexibility in devising proactive process improvement responses to changing conditions working with individuals with a mental health, substance misuse, and/or other co-occurring population in both an inpatient and ambulatory setting which includes withdrawal management and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Prior to joining Recovery Centers of America’s Trenton Healthcare Clinic located in Trenton New Jersey, Benjamin-John served as the Clinical Director for The Family Service Bureau of Newark, Director of Addictions and Co-Occurring Services for Legacy Treatment Centers, and an Administrator for Maryville Addiction Treatment Centers. Previous roles included serving on a number of leadership positions in State and County Levels as former Secretary of Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Professional Advisory Committee, former Chairperson of Burlington County’s Providers Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and a former member of the DMHAS and Administrative Office of the Courts Sub-Committee of Drug Court. He has been serving as a member of the DMHAS PAC’s committee since being appointed in 2010, and the recently formed DMHAS PAC Marijuana/Cannabis Committee in 2021.
He has also served as a consultant for New Jersey’s DMHAS and other behavioral healthcare organizations in both the public and private sectors to ensure regulatory standards and accreditation guidelines meet the rigors of a rapidly changing integrated behavioral healthcare environment in New Jersey and other states. He is a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) for “Client Centered Stage-Wise Treatment Planning” and “Treatment of Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders”. He has provided various trainings such as Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement and Crisis Awareness Trainings for other professionals. He has a strong passion to be involved in humanitarian efforts and was a former delegate in bilateral exchanges with their professional counterparts in South Africa under the auspices of People of People Ambassador Programs founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.
Benjamin-John is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) in New Jersey. He received a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology with an Addictions Specialization and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology form Fairleigh Dickinson University.
OUR MAT TEAMS
Click on any department to learn more about their function at Recovery Centers of America’s Medication-Assisted Treatment facilities.
All members of the MAT team are involved in every admission. Empathy and professionalism are essential so that our new patients feel comforted and reassured at the start of their recovery journey. Admissions works directly with RCA’s Mission Center at our Headquarters, located in King of Prussia, PA, to obtain intake information then guides patients through the start of their recovery journey with our nursing, medical, and counseling staff for initial assessments. Upon completion of the assessment, the patient is then admitted to the program.
The Case Management Department is responsible for patient aftercare. Case Managers work directly with patients under their care, as well as alongside the clinical department. They also put together a discharge plan detailing where the patient will go after they finish their inpatient stay at RCA, follow up services, and treatments the patient will need.
The Clinical team is responsible for patient orientation to the MAT program within 2 weeks of admission. Clinical provides evidence-based individualized counseling, group counseling, and Intensive Outpatient services. These services can also include couples and/or family counseling when indicated. The Clinical team also provides psychoeducation, printed and electronic educational materials, and coordination of care with outside providers.
The Medical Department is staffed by both MDs and APNs. The Medical Department is responsible for the documentation of addiction as well as the induction and maintenance of all MAT medications. The Medical staff participates in treatment teams to educate the staff about MAT medications, medications that are contraindicated while being prescribed MAT, medical complications as a result of addiction or drug use, as well as consultation on complex patient cases. The medical department also coordinates care with other medical providers.
The Nursing Department is responsible for daily dosing, completing assessments, and monitoring the well-being of the patient when they present to the facility. The nurses also complete any necessary testing as well as assist with annual physicals of all patients.
The Transportation Department provides daily transportation to new and existing patients without alternate methods of transportation to the clinic.