Our History


Before 1975, New Jersey residents who could not afford private residential treatment for alcoholism had to travel to Graymoor in upstate New York for help. Turning Point’s founders were determined to change this situation. This group of local government leaders arranged with Essex County for the lease of a building on Hilltop, former site of the TB center on the grounds of the Essex County Hospital.


  • Original Turning Point facility opens on March 17th on the Essex County Hospital grounds in Cedar Grove with a grant from the Essex County Freeholders. Offers 10 bed residential treatment program for indigent men struggling with alcoholism. John Tully is named Executive Director. Building dedication held on June 8th


  • Turning Point became one of the first to open a residential treatment program for women, which now treats pregnant and post-partum women and those with co-occurring disorders.


  • Turning Points facility is rededicated on June 24th and named for Douglas McCarthy who passed away in September 1979


  • In response to the “deinstitutionalization” of those with substance use and co-occurring disorders, Turning Point opened an outpatient program in Newark which operated for 17 years


  • James “Doc” Wheeler is names Executive Director of Turning Point and holds the position until his passing on 1984


  • Turning Point secured Mutual Agreement Program contracts to provide residential addiction treatment for patients on probation and parole.


  • With a grant from the Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health Services, Turning Point begins to provide short-term residential treatment for mentally ill chemical abusers (MICAs).


  • Turning Point moved from its original location at the Essex County Hospital Center to a temporary space in the Freeman Pavilion, and finally to Building 14 on Dill Drive in Cedar Grove.
  • Turning Point received its first county grant for detoxification and short-term residential treatment.


  • Turning Point was selected as one of only five providers to participate in the Campus Treatment Project in Secaucus. The program included a 54-bed, short-term residential treatment for men (32) and women (22). When the project ended in 1996, DAS continued to fund short-term residential treatment for adult men and women. Turning Point remained in Seances until moving to Paterson in 2010.


  • New Jersey’s Work First Substance Abuse Initiative (SAI) is implemented to coordinate services for patients who needed to address addiction issues so they could obtain employment under new welfare reform laws. Turning Point devotes residential treatment beds to support clients moving from welfare to work.


  • First accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
  • Turning Point obtained a grant to provide outreach and assessments for New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). Many women began being referred to treatment through this project.


  • Dr. Manuel Gauntez is named Turning Points Executive Director


  • The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence of New Jersey (NCADD) and the White House’s National Office on Demand Reduction select Turning Point as the “model treatment program”.
  • The nations Access to Recovery Treatment Initiative is announced at our Cedar Grove Campus.


  • Turning Point awarded grant to provide long-term residential treatment to serve the Drug Court Initiative-referred clients.
  • Detoxification and psychiatric stabilization for clients with co-occurring disorders offered for the first time. Turning Point one of four New Jersey agencies funded for this initiative


  • Turning Point forced to close its Cedar Grove facility on Dill Drive when Essex County sells the “Hilltop” acreage to a developer. The women’s program closes temporarily, reopening at St. Claire’s in Boonton.


  • Turning Point became one of only two providers in all of New Jersey selected to participate in the state’s Division of Addiction Services expansion of detoxification services for patients with relatively complicated medical and psychiatric conditions.
  • Turning Point opens Outpatient Treatment in Verona, expands detox services for clients with relatively complicated medica; and psychiatric conditions.


  • Turning Points residential programs and administrative offices move to Barnet Medical Arts Complex in Paterson, first time in 35 years that Turning Point owns the facility in which it is located.
  • The Family Wellness Program launches


  • Turning Point merges with Anderson House that provides a halfway house and transitional/sober living to women in Hunterdon County, NJ. This merger expanded Turning Points continuum of care.
  • Anderson House was first incorporated in 1991, and came to fruition due to the efforts of many local residents including Nancy and Stanley Baron, who donated the house that Anderson House still calls home to this day.


  • Turning Points celebrates its 40th anniversary, a milestone in New Jersey addiction treatment system faced with radical changes in funding and approach for care
  • During this time, John J. Clancy a longtime supporter and former board member and Robert R. Detore led a new management team at Turning Point. John served as Chief Executive Officer until his passing in 2016, at which time Robert Detore was named Chief Executive Officer.


  • Reaccreditation of Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Gold Star


  • Robert Parkinson joins as Chief Financial Officer


  • Thomas Brady joins as Chief Operations and Clinical Officer


  • In cooperation with the RWJBarnabas Health System, we opened an Intensive Outpatient/Outpatient facility in Lakewood, adjacent to the Monmouth Medical Center Southern campus
  • The expansion and restructuring of our organization continued with bed capacity increasing to 137 beds in Paterson, including 31 beds for male long term residential and 4 subacute detox beds.

For more information about our ongoing growth and the programs we currently offer at our non-profit organization, please contact our office by dialing (973) 380-0905.

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Why Turning Point?

Learn What Sets Us Apart
  • Admission Starts 24 Hours After Initial Call
  • Helping Nearly 4,000 Patients A Year
  • We Are CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) Accredited
  • Effective Treatment For Over 45 Years
  • Multiple Locations In New Jersey
Ready to Make the Turn?

Turning Point is a non-profit treatment center with four locations throughout New Jersey ready to help you on your path towards recovery.