The Bridge is a human service agency that provides counseling services to people facing challenges. This program provides therapeutic services for young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 with mental health challenges. The program is designed to help the young adults referred by the Department of Mental Health develop independent living skills, healthy relationships, personal independence, and the skills to manage their illness. A privilege system is utilized to measure each person’s stage of independence within the residence and in the community. All individuals are expected to attend an in-house day program, school, or work. This program offers Peer Support, and utilizes Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) and Supported Employment as the treatment models.
The Bridge provides excellent supervision (both individual and group), as well as various trainings in which to obtain CEU’s, and opportunities for advancement. The Bridge is an eligible employer for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program and provides some tuition reimbursement for continuing education.
The Peer Support Worker functions as a fully integrated team member to provide expertise about the recovery process and symptom management to DMH-referred transition age young adults with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The PSW collaborates to promote a team culture that recognizes, understands, and respects each client’s point of view, experiences, and preferences.