Woodbridge Healthcare Clinic Team
Dr. Joseph Ranieri D.O. earned his BS in Pharmacy at Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1981 and His Doctorate Degree in Osteopathic Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine Addiction Certification. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has practiced in South Jersey since 1995. Starting in 2007, while practicing Family Medicine, he incorporated Addiction Treatment Modalities for his primary care patients. Dr. Ranieri has lectured extensively to physicians, nurses, counselors and laypeople about the Disease of Addiction throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 2012.
He has continued to volunteer for a Christian Discipleship Recovery House since 2003 as well as being a Drug and Alcohol Monitor for the Professional Assistance Program (formerly PHP) of New Jersey since 1998. Additionally, he is a Clinical Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Program at PCOM.
Regional Executive Director
Benjamin-John has over 17 years of experience serving in various leadership positions which incorporate the entire continuum of care in the behavioral healthcare field and 5 years experience working in the medical technology laboratory field. He is currently Regional Executive Director of Recovery Centers of America (RCA) of the Trenton and Woodbridge Healthcare Clinics. He has a strong initiative and passionate commitment for excellence towards high ethical and professional standards to increase efficiency coordination and integration of a person-centered mental health and addiction prevention and treatment with the delivery of collaborative primary healthcare services. He applies evidenced-based practices and data driven approach to empower our patients, families, and others in need, through a comprehensive array of services anchored in exceptional service and deliberate expectations for the very best clinical outcomes.
Benjamin-John has served in other leadership positions on 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. He will be representing RCA by joining as a new member on the Mercer County Overdose Fatality Review Team (OFRT) that was established by Governor Murphy.
Benjamin-John 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 successfully implemented a mental health program that includes both traditional outpatient and one of the first Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Support Services (IOTSS) Programs which was evaluated by DMHAS and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Technical Assistance Center by utilizing the Dual Diagnosis Capability (DDC) in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) assessment that scored in the top 9% as DDC from a study in 2013. 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. He was also involved in New Jersey’s Hope and Healing program to provide services for individuals, families, children, healthcare workers and other groups affected by COVID-19 in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Passaic counties in NJ.
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 from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Director of Substance Abuse Counseling Services
Jessica Lynn Sousa
Director of Nursing
Jessica Lynn Sousa, AAS, RN, CARN has spent the majority of her 11-year nursing career in the mental health, corrections, and substance abuse fields. As an Honors Graduate, Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN), and a former Director of Nursing at a New Jersey drug and alcohol treatment center,
Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge, skilled nursing, and supervisory experience to Recovery Centers of America at Raritan Bay. Jessica has found her true calling in addiction treatment and is committed to RCA’s holistic approach to long-term drug and alcohol recovery.