The John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC) was founded in January of 1969 (as NARCO, Inc.) in Atlantic City, by a group of six Atlantic City residents with the assistance of the Episcopalian Diocese of New Jersey and the Division of Urban Concerns. John Brooks a recovering heroin addict and ex convict had been the driving force and subsequent Executive Director for many years. At that time JBRC was an outpatient, storefront, treatment center for drug abusers. The primary mission was to provide quality treatment for minority, indigent drug abusers within the area of Atlantic City. A secondary but very vital mission was to provide prevention and education in the area for concerned groups such as churches, schools, social clubs and civic organizations.
In August of 1970, NARCO received its first grant of $57,940 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. This grant, along with $35,000 provided by the Episcopalian United Thanks Fund, enabled NARCO to expand and relocate into a 24,000 square foot building which had been an ice skating rink. NARCO received immeasurable support from local labor unions, businesspeople and local municipalities in its efforts to convert thebuilding into a residential treatment center for drug addiction.
In 1971, NARCO applied to the National Institute of Mental Health, a division of Health, Education and Welfare, for an eight-year grant, which was approved and initiated on October 1, 1971. The agency received over eight million dollars over the life of this contract to provide treatment for drug abusers in Atlantic City and its environs. Subsequent agreements were also signed with federal, state and county agencies to provide these services. In September 1976, the agency purchased the building at 1315 Pacific Avenue, which presently houses the men's residential program, the outpatient methadone program and our admissions department.
In 1998 the building at 20 South Tennessee Avenue was purchased and renovated to house the women's residential services (29 beds) and administrative offices. In 2005 further renovations were completed on the first floor creating an Outpatient Center for our Women's Day program and our afternoon/evening coed adult outpatient programs. At that time the administrative offices were consolidated and moved across the street to leased space on the second floor of 19 South Tennessee Avenue.
We presently lease space at 15 South Tennessee Avenue for our HIV prevention program for IV drug users and our Ryan White Case Manager which are funded by the Department of Health, Division of Aids Prevention and Control.
In September of 2007 we were awarded a $1.2 million contract from the Division of Addiction Services to provide mobile outpatient methadone/suboxone services with counseling for adult IV opiate addicts. In January of 2008 we were awarded a contract for $871,000 to work in partnership with another Atlantic County agency, CODI, to provide supportive housing and case management services for 31 IV drug users.
To honor our founder, John Brooks, we changed our name from the Institute for Human Development to the John Brooks Recovery Center in December 2007.