Bridges Healthcare

Milford, CT   |  www.bridgesct.org

Mission

Bridges mission is to provide a broad range of community based behavioral and healthcare services to the residents of our area. We respond effectively to the needs of adults, children and families with a comprehensive range of prevention, mental health and addiction recovery programs. We are committed to creating a Healthcare Home for all the people we serve.
We envision a community in which all people, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual preference, religious beliefs, disability or financial status have access to high quality and comprehensive behavioral and healthcare services.
 
We envision a community of compassion, which responds effectively and respectfully to the needs of all members of the community.
 
We envision a person-centered community support system to help families and individuals lead healthy, fulfilling and productive lives.
 
We envision a strong, dynamic and flexible organization that is a model in the provision of behavioral and healthcare services.
 
We envision Bridges as a leader in advocacy and education on behalf of our clients.
 
We value the individual: At Bridges, the dignity and the rights of each individual is respected. We believe that all people have the right to the best behavioral health services available, regardless of their circumstances. We believe that all people have the right to enjoy full and productive lives. We believe in empowering individuals to reach their full potential.
 
We value community and family: We strive to continually improve our programs, always maintaining our sense of accountability and responsibility to the community we serve. We develop new programs that respond the changing needs of our community. We give family members meaningful roles in the care of their loved ones. We collaborate and partner with other agencies, service providers and faith-based groups to realize our shared vision for a healthy community.
 
We commit to excellence and diversity among the board of directors, staff and volunteers.
 
 

Ruling year info

1973

Principal Officer

Mr. John Dixon

Main address

949 Bridgeport Ave

Milford, CT 06460 USA

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Formerly known as

Bridges A Community Support System

Milford Mental Health Clinic

EIN

06-0867978

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services

Promotes recovery and improves the quality of life of persons with behavioral health/substance use disorders by providing resources for understanding and managing a disorder. Services provided are recovery oriented and include crisis intervention, outpatient therapy and clinical support to acute care clients and CT Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services target populations including people with substance abuse problems and their significant others, people with severe and prolonged mental illness, persons with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse, people at-risk of hospitilization. Approximately 85% of these people are low-income.  Links to primary care providers is a key component to this program. The agency’s Central Access and Central Intake Department provides triage, evaluation and assessment, mobile crisis and crisis intervention and Walk in Clinics. Adult and Child treatment and case management teams provide ongoing support to an individual or family, with the availability of multiple skill building, support, and psychotherapy groups, case management, a social club, vocational supports and medication management. Our goal is to ensure that the activities of Family and Children’sService, and Adult/Addiction Services are closely linked, ensuring that a service plan is comprehensiveand reaches all members of a family in need.Our outreach and home-based services address the population of at-risk, fragile families and vulnerable individuals with complex problems and continue to be important resources to improve the quality oflife for persons in our communities. Our ACT Team and Mobile Crisis Clinicians are able to engage and stabilize adults with serious and persistent psychiatric disorders who previously have not been connected to services.

Population(s) Served

Assists young adults, ages 18 - 25 whose lives are affected by mental illness, to help them  reach their fullest potential and improve the quality of life. Prepares young adults who are transitioning out of DCF/foster care for independent living by offering a variety of community-based supportive services, with sensitivity to individual needs and strengths. The program offers young adults the opportunity to achieve independence by providing clinical, vocational and social rehabilitation services that are tailored to meet their unique needs. Clients may choose to join the residential program and reside in an apartment on-site, or may live in the community with family or significant others while utilizing any/all of the services that are available.

Population(s) Served

The Child and Family Outpatient Treatment Program (Child Guidance Clinic) provides behavioral health services to children, adolescents and their families living in the communities of Milford, West Haven and Orange. Services are designed to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and their families. The goal is to enhance the ability of the family to remain intact and support the safety and well being of the child in the least restrictive treatment environment. All services are provided in partnership with children and families, by encouraging participation in service planning, maintaining a recovery model and providing services that are culturally competent. Families may include children and their biological, foster, adoptive parents or significant adults with whom they live.Our Intensive In-home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service Program (IICAPS) functions to to divert large numbers of children and adolescents with serious psychiatric disorders from frequent hospitalization and/or residential treatment. Care Coordination provides high fidelity ―wraparound‖ through the use of the child and family team process. Wraparound is defined as an intensive, individualized care management process for youths with serious or complex needs and is a means for maintaining youth with the most serious emotional and behavioral problems in their home and community. Prevention programs for youth and their families, including resiliency training,asset building, peer counseling and peer and adult mentoring of youths in our local schools.
 

Population(s) Served

With the State of Connecticut ending its support of the three  CT STRONG program, which was designed to engage and connect transition- age (16 - 25) young adults who have or area at risk for behavioral health disorders to high-quality care through the use of Wraparound Services, Bridges has made staffing and other changes to its Youth and Young Adult Outreach efforts.We continue to offer our RM4 Drop-in Center which is open to area residents ages 18-25 and provides a safe, non-clinical environment for young adults who may need transition-focused support and services. Arts, recreation, yoga and other activities help individual explore their skills and talents. Free wi-fi and use of computers for jobs, vocational training or education services are available, as are peer counselors and staff. We have modified the program formerly known as the Young Parent Program to meet the current needs of our community, as teen pregnancy rates have dropped dramatically. Now operating as B-SAFE (Sexual Awareness and Family Empowerment), the program provides  prevention education, information and support to girls and young women, teens and young adults related to sexual activity and reproductive health, healthy relationships, body image, bullying and social media pressures, pregnancy and parenting. B-SAFE helps empowers teens and young adults to make healthy, responsible decisions to foster future self-sufficiency. Bridges has also increased its support of local high school students by providing staff for individual counseling onsite and will be staffing the Optimus School-Based Health Clinic at West Haven High School in 2020.  

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Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Adult Day Services - 3 year 2016

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Behavioral Health Care Accreditation 2018

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance 2018

Financials

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Bridges Healthcare

Board of directors
as of 12/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Shaun Mee

Castle Bank

Term: 2017 - 2019

Robert Boynton

Attorney - Private Practice

Joan Cretella

Social Worker

Margaret Jerrell

Human Resources Professional

Charles Montalbano

Commercial Designer

Raymond Vitali

Retired School Principal

Ann Yost

Social Worker

John DePalma

Retired

Jorge Garcia

NeoDirect

Ellen Beatty

Retired

Jacqueline Bontems

Drazen Realty

Michelle LeMere

CT Fund for the Environment

Karen Fortunati

Author

John Biancur

UPS

Frank Fortunati

Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital

Chaz Gaines

The Milford Bank

T.J. Casey

Gaffney Bennett

Justin Rosen

City of Milford

Kathleen Hendricks

Retired

Jessica SImone

Orange Youth & Family Services