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March 2007

 

Treatment Magazine - Newport AcademyA few years ago, an impeccably mannered young man - equally well-dressed - began to make himself known on the treatment industry conference circuit, becoming, indeed, quite a ubiquitous presence.

In his late 20s, Jamison Monroe has had his share of trouble staying clean, enough to know that giving back was going to be big for him if he were to remain on the path of recovery he had managed to carve out for himself.

"This is going to sound kinda like a cliche," said an earnest Monroe, back in 2007 when Treatment Magazine first made his aquaintance at Naatp. "But it is the helping people part that really has driven my interest in the field."

 

 

 

 

 

 With the purchase of the above two-acre horse spread in Orange County, Newport Academy opens in mid-April.Newport Academy Opens in Southern  California

Also Eyeing Northeast As Few Attempt Adolescent Care

 

A few years ago, an impeccably mannered young man - equally well-dressed - began to make himself known on the treatment industry conference circuit, becoming, indeed, quite a ubiquitous presence.

In his late 20s, Jamison Monroe has had his share of trouble staying clean, enough to know that giving back was going to be big for him if he were to remain on the path of recovery he had managed to carve out for himself.

"This is going to sound kinda like a clich" said an earnest Monroe, back in 2007 when Treatment Magazine first made his aquaintance at Naatp. “But it is the helping people part that really has driven my interest in the field.

The scion of a very successful Houston money manager, Jamison Monroe Sr., young Monroe Jr. had access to capital and, thus, it was apparent his interest in the business might be more than just talk.

Fast forward a few years, and this has turned out amply to be the case. With $6M of funding brought in by a group of investors led by his Dad, Monroe has co-founded an adolescent center called Newport Academy.

Sowle's Brainchild
While Monroe has provided the key link to funding, and as cofounder will use his quiet charm as Newport's principal marketeer, the clinical and business concept of Newport Academy is very much that of Scott Sowle, who met Monroe in Florida at ASAM 2007.

Equally charming, Sowle in recent years plied that charm criss-crossing the nation as, by far, Hythiam's most successful sales executive. Lucky enough to be let go with a generous severance when Hythiam still had some money - the top exit pay indicative of how key he had been to the organization - Sowle had no shortage of opportunties following his departure amid the controversial company's big reorganization in early 2008.

Newport Academy co-founder Jamison Monroe will concentrate on marketing the six-bed center for adolescent females.Adolescent Vision
While many of the offers he got were very tempting, including one from savvy So Cal medical industry entrepreneur Lee Johnson for the executive directorship at Casa Palmera - an opportunity to challenge Sierra Tuscon as the nation’s premier private dual diagnosis hospital (which, by the way, Charlene Short Majors and her “female triumvirate” Casa Palmera team are well on their way to doing) - Sowle had been working on a business plan that enunciated his ideation of a premier adolescent center.

Based on his experience building what is now a top Malibu adolescent facility as the then start-up's executive director, Newport Academy also incorporates what Sowle learned on the mistake side.

"I feIt was a mistake to combine genders and treat both boys and girls in the same program," says Sowle. Newport Academy, located in Orange County on a newly renovated, sprawling horse ranch - with stables for the key equine experiential therapies - is a female gender specific center, reflecting Sowle's top commitment to providing evidencebased addiction treatment. "Since I was running my last adolescent center, it has become clear from the research that a very large percentage of young adolescent females entering treatment suffer from sex trauma issues," notes Sowle. "In this context, it is therapeutically contraindicated for the sexes to be mixed in treatment."

Care Level
With 34 staffers, both full and part-time, seeing to the care of just six clients, Newport Academy offers its clients a super intensive level of care. Highly individualized as clients take a battery of tests, Newport clincians create for each client a highly integrated treatment plan that addresses indepth the co-ocurring issues that sixty percent of all adolescent addicts suffer from.

Family Affair
Dr. David SmithAll treatment should have strong family elements, but, obviously, the family takes on an especially critical role in the adolescent treatment context. Thus, Newport Academy pulls out the big clinical guns when it comes to its family program, enticing the legendary Dr. David Smith, one of nation's earliest and most pioneering addiction medicine specialists, out of retirement as Chair of Adolescent Addiction Treatment at Newport Academy.  While providing overall program leadership, Dr. Smith will focus on family.

Long-term plans are for another six-bed center for males to be located near the current facility, followed by the opening of a co-ed outpatient program, designed to provide care continuum, whose location is envisioned for downtown Newport Beach.  Rounding out the plan is a sober high school.

The latest research, funded by RWJF, shows that adolescents have little access to care.  There are currently about 1.4 million adolescents that need treatment, but only about 10 percent are getting help at any given time.  Part of the gap is being driven by a lack of adolescent-only treatment services.  Less than one-third of treatment centers in the U.S. offer a specialized program for treating adolescents. TJ

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