Bridge Inc

West Caldwell, NJ   |  WWW.THEBRIDGENJ.ORG

Mission

THE BRIDGE IS A NONPROFIT COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT THE FAMILY AND TO PROMOTE THE PERSONAL GROWTH OF CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, ADULTS, AND FAMILIES. FOUNDED IN 1971, WE HAVE A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO HELPING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE CALDWELL'S, IRVINGTON AND GREATER ESSEX AND UNION COUNTIES TO OVERCOME MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES THAT THREATEN TO DERAIL LIVES OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS, AND TEAR FAMILIES APART. OUR VISION IS TO PROMOTE BALANCE, HEALING, AND HOPE.DURING THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2020, THE BRIDGE SERVED A TOTAL OF OVER 3,500 CHILDREN, TEENS, ADULTS AND FAMILIES.

Ruling year info

1973

Principal Officer

DAVID BLACK

Main address

860 Bloomfield Ave

West Caldwell, NJ 07006

EIN

22-1947020

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Treatment Only) (F22)

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Program 1

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES:FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES (FPS) IS AN INTENSIVE, IN-HOME CRISIS INTERVENTION AND FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES WHOSE CHILDREN ARE AT IMMINENT RISK OF ABUSE, NEGLECT, OR OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENT, AND FOR FAMILIES PREPARING TO BE REUNIFIED WITH THEIR CHILDREN. THE BRIDGE'S HIGHLY TRAINED AND DEDICATED STAFF IS AVAILABLE TO EACH FAMILY 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR UP TO EIGHT WEEKS. FAMILIES THROUGHOUT ESSEX AND UNION COUNTIES ARE PROVIDED WITH 5 TO 20 HOURS OF DIRECT FACE-TO-FACE SERVICES PER WEEK. THE INTENSIVE SKILL-BASED INTERVENTION INCLUDES A MINIMUM OF THREE HOME VISITS PER WEEK WHERE STAFF TEACHES FAMILIES A VARIETY OF SKILLS WHICH INCLUDES PARENTING, STRESS MANAGEMENT, COPING, COMMUNICATION, AND ANGER MANAGEMENT THE GOAL OF FPS IS TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE, STABILIZE THE FAMILY, PREVENT OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENT, IMPROVE FAMILY FUNCTIONING, AND LINK FAMILIES WITH APPROPRIATE COMMUNITY RESOURCES. ALL SERVICES ARE DESIGNED TO BUILD ON FAMILY STRENGTHS. THIS YEAR, FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES ASSISTED 88 FAMILIES, INCLUDING 205 CHILDREN, WHO WERE REFERRED BY THE CHILD PROTECTION AND PERMANENCY LOCAL OFFICES. AMONG THOSE FAMILIES: THIRTY-FIVE PERCENT ACHIEVED THEIR CASE GOALS THIRTY-NINE PERCENT SIGNIFICANTLY ACHIEVED THEIR CASE GOALS IN ESSEX COUNTY, 96% OF CHILDREN REMAINED WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN THE SIX MONTHS FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF THE FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES PROGRAM. IN UNION COUNTY, 94% OF THE CHILDREN REMAINED WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN THE SIX MONTHS FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF THE FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES PROGRAM.DURING THIS FISCAL YEAR, THE FPS PROGRAM WAS IMPACTED BY THE PANDEMIC OF COVID-19 REGARDING THE DELIVERY OF SERVICES. ON MARCH 18, 2020, FPS DISCONTINUED THE DELIVERY OF IN-HOME SERVICES AND MOVED TO A REMOTE PLATFORM TO PROVIDE SERVICES VIA TELEHEALTH. AFTER THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED, DURING THE WEEK OF JULY 13, 2020, AT THE DIRECTION OF DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (DCF) LEADERSHIP, FPS RETURNED TO THE FIELD USING A HYBRID APPROACH THAT INCLUDED A COMBINATION OF IN-PERSON CONTACTS AND TELEHEALTH SESSIONS. DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2020, FPS BEGAN TO PROVIDE A COMBINATION OF IN-HOME, IN-PERSON, AND TELEHEALTH SESSIONS. SESSIONS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) GUIDELINES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE FAMILIES AS WELL AS STAFF.

Expenses
$1,132,192
Revenue
$0

SCHOOL BASED SERVICES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:PEACE MODEL PROJECTTHE PEACE MODEL PROJECT IS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-BASED COUNSELING AND INTERVENTION PROGRAM DEVELOPED BY THE BRIDGE AND THE CALDWELL-WEST CALDWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT. PMP WAS LAUNCHED IN 2015 THROUGH A NATIONAL FUNDING INITIATIVE BY THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN RESPONSE TO THE SANDY HOOK SCHOOL SHOOTING IN 2014. THERE WAS A CALL AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL FOR INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AND SCHOOLS TO BETTER MEET THE GROWING MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES IMPACTING ELEMENTARY-AGED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE PEACE MODEL TEAM DELIVERED AN EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH AMOUNT OF COUNSELING TO INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. THROUGHOUT THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR, WE SERVED OVER 1,100 STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. THIRTY THREE PERCENT OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS RECEIVED INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING AND 20% OF STUDENTS RECEIVED ON-GOING COUNSELING TO ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS EMOTIONAL REGULATIONS, SOCIAL SKILLS, FAMILY STRESSORS, GRIEF & LOSS, AND OTHER RISK FACTORS FOR FUTURE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. IN ADDITION, PEACE MODEL COUNSELORS WERE ABLE TO CONNECT OVER 5% OF STUDENTS WHO WERE MOST AT-RISK WITH MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL. ANOTHER 5% OF OUR TOTAL ELEMENTARY FAMILIES WERE CONNECTED BY PEACE MODEL TO COMMUNITY RESOURCES, INCLUDING CHILDCARE, SOCIAL SERVICES, AND SCHOOL-BASED INTERVENTIONS. THE PEACE MODEL COUNSELORS WORK CLOSELY WITH TEACHERS TO CONSULT AND CREATE INNOVATIVE INTERVENTIONS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS. IN 2019-20, THE PEACE MODEL COUNSELORS PROVIDED CONSULT REGARDING INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS TO OVER 80% OF THE ELEMENTARY TEACHERS AND TO OVER 50% PERCENT ABOUT GROUP/CLASSROOM DYNAMICS & INTERVENTIONS TO IMPROVE LEARNING OUTCOMES. MORE THAN 8% OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS IN CALDWELL-WEST CALDWELL PARTICIPATED IN STRUCTURED PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL GROUPS TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SKILLS, CONFLICT RESOLUTION, COPING WITH CHANGE AND SELF-ESTEEM. (WE ANTICIPATED THAT THIS NUMBER WOULD DOUBLE IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE PANDEMIC.) SURVEYS OF PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR PARENTS SHOWED THAT OVER 90% FELT MORE CONFIDENT IN CONNECTING AND SOCIALIZING WITH PEERS AND WOULD RECOMMEND PARTICIPATION IN OUR GROUPS TO OTHERS. FIVE YEARS LATER AFTER ITS INCEPTION, THE BENEFIT OF THE PEACE MODEL PROJECT WAS NEVER MORE EVIDENT THAN DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. STEPPING STONESTHE STEPPING STONES WOMEN WITH CHILDREN PROGRAM PROVIDES SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT TO WOMEN WITH CHILDREN THAT ARE INVOLVED WITH NEW JERSEY'S DEPARTMENT OF CHILD PROTECTION AND PERMANENCY (DCP&P). THE PROGRAM ALSO ACCEPTS WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE THAT ARE NOT INVOLVED WITH DCP&P. THE WOMEN ARE FROM NEWARK, IRVINGTON, MAPLEWOOD, EAST ORANGE, AND WEST ORANGE AND SOMETIMES FROM MIDDLESEX AND OCEAN COUNTIES. THE WOMEN'S COMMONALITY IS THAT THEY ARE PREGNANT, RECENTLY GIVEN BIRTH OR HAVE CHILDREN OR CARING FOR CHILDREN AND ARE EXPERIENCING A SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER. THROUGH THE USE OF DIDACTIC, INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP SESSIONS PSYCHO-EDUCATION IS PROVIDED TO INCREASE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF SUBSTANCE USE ON FAMILY DYNAMICS, THE DEVELOPING FETUS, THE BRAIN, THE INABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY PARENT, AND THE POOR DECISION MAKING, POOR COPING MECHANISMS THAT ARE PART OF THE SUBSTANCE USE CYCLE. THE WOMEN ARE INTRODUCED TO PROSOCIAL, PEER SUPPORT RECOVERY SYSTEMS AND MUTUAL SUPPORT GROUPS TO INCREASE THEIR EXPOSURE TO POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT FOR ABSTINENCE AND RECOVERY-BASED LIVING. THE BRIDGE WAS AWARDED A $5,000.00 GRANT THAT WAS USED TO TRANSFORM OFFICE NUMBER SIXTEEN INTO A FUNCTIONAL THERAPEUTIC CHILD CARE ROOM. THE TALENT OF KRISTIN WILSON OF THE NEWPORT ACADEMY WAS USED TO GET THE PROJECT STARTED AND SEVERAL OTHER BRIDGE STAFF HELPED WITH DESIGNING THE LAYOUT AND CHOOSING THE COLORS AND DCOR FOR THE ROOM. PLANS WERE UNDERWAY TO DESIGN A STRUCTURED CURRICULUM FOR THE CHILDREN THAT SPENT TIME IN THE CHILD CARE ROOM TO ADDRESS SOCIAL DEFICITS, ADVANCE THE ROLE OF PLAY IN THEIR LIVES AND INCREASE THEIR ACCESS TO READING MATERIALS. FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 2019 TO JUNE 2020 STEPPING STONES ADMITTED 118 MOTHERS, 14 OF THEM COMPLETED TREATMENT. SEVEN MOTHERS COMPLETED SECURITY OFFICER TRAINING, VIA THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN NCJW AND SECURED THE SORA LICENSE TO WORK AS SECURITY GUARDS. STEPPING STONES CONTINUED TO BENEFIT FROM COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS THIS PAST YEAR. 1) IRVINGTON FAMILY DEVELOPMENT CENTER (IFDC)2) THE WOMEN WITH CHILDREN'S PROGRAM 3) THE NURTURING PARENTING CURRICULUM DEVELOPED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND RECOVERY4) THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN (NCJW) AND THEIR EDUCATION TO EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMTHE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS NEGATIVELY IMPACTED THE NUMBER OF REFERRALS RECEIVED, WHICH HAS CREATED A SHARP DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF MOTHERS SERVED BY STEPPING STONES. COVID-19 HAS IMPEDED ACCESS TO MANY OF THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES USED TO ENHANCE THE STEPPING STONES PROGRAMMING. TOWARD THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR COMMUNITY RESOURCES THAT ONCE PROVIDED REFERRALS COULD NOT DELIVER THEIR SERVICE VIA TELE-HEALTH OR WAS NOT OPEN FOR BUSINESS. STEPPING STONES CAN PROVIDE SERVICES VIA TELE-HEALTH AND REMAINS READY TO CONTINUE SERVING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. SCHOOL-BASED YOUTH SERVICES/ THE IMANI CENTERTHE IMANI (SWAHILI FOR FAITH) CENTER IS THE BRIDGE'S COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS AT IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, LOCATED IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL, AND MAKING ACHIEVEMENT POSSIBLE, A PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY MIDDLE SCHOOL, ALSO LOCATED IN IRVINGTON, NJ.DURING FY 2019-20, THE IMANI CENTER PROVIDED SERVICES TO 1,184 STUDENTS IN IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL. 710 STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BASED PROGRAMS IN INDIVIDUAL, GROUP, AND FAMILY THERAPY SESSIONS FROM QUALIFIED THERAPISTS. AMONG THE ISSUES ADDRESSED WERE FAMILY CONFLICT, ACADEMIC ISSUES, IMMIGRATION ISSUES, HOMELESSNESS, DEPRESSION, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND GENERAL ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT ISSUES WERE SOME OF THE PROBLEM AREAS ADDRESSED.162 STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN MAKING ACHIEVEMENT POSSIBLE (MAP) PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN INDIVIDUAL, GROUP, AND FAMILY THERAPY SESSIONS WERE PROVIDED THROUGH QUALIFIED THERAPISTS. FAMILY CONFLICT, ACADEMIC ISSUES, IMMIGRATION ISSUES, HOMELESSNESS, MOTHER DAUGHTER CONFLICTS, ANGER, DEPRESSION, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND GENERAL ADOLESCENT GROWTH ISSUES ARE AMONG THE PROBLEM AREAS OF THESE STUDENTS.90 STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THE ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY PREVENTION INITIATIVE THAT ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO FOCUS ON DREAMS AND GOALS TO REDUCE THE RISKS OF PREGNANCY AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES.17 TEENS WHO ARE ABOUT TO AGE OUT OF THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM PARTICIPATED IN THE INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM, LEARNING LIFE SKILLS SUCH AS MONEY MANAGEMENT, FOOD SHOPPING AND COOKING, HEALTH EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES AND/OR ACCESS TO VOCATIONAL TRAINING OR COLLEGE. NINETY PERCENT OF THE TEENS REACHED ALL THEIR GOALS FOR THE PROGRAM.52 AT RISK YOUTH WERE SERVICED IN THE DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM. ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING WAS PROVIDED TO ADDRESS LIFE GOALS, DIFFICULTIES, AND OBSTACLES THEY MAY BE FACING THAT IS INTERRUPTING THEM FROM COMPLETING HIGH SCHOOL. AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2020, THE DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM WAS DEFUNDED.

Expenses
$1,050,164
Revenue
$0

OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION COUNSELINGWITH OUTPATIENT OFFICES LOCATED IN BOTH THE WEST CALDWELL AND IRVINGTON COMMUNITIES, THE BRIDGE PROVIDES A STIGMA-FREE AND CULTURALLY SENSITIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND COUPLES WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO COPE WITH LIFE'S CHALLENGES. AT THE BRIDGE EVERYONE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO CHANGE, GROW, AND THRIVE. PEOPLE COME TO THE BRIDGE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES THAT VARY IN SEVERITY AND INCLUDE ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, MOOD DISORDER, LOSS, SCHOOL REFUSAL, TRAUMA, LIFE ADJUSTMENTS AND TRANSITIONS, SUBSTANCE USE, GENDER IDENTITY, FAMILY CONFLICT, PARENTING CHALLENGES AND COUPLES' CONFLICT. OUR CLINICAL STAFF, WHETHER WORKING IN PERSON OR REMOTELY, TAKES A SYSTEMIC APPROACH IN HONORING AND SUPPORTING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY/CAREGIVER INVOLVEMENT TO BEST SUPPORT OUR CLIENT'S PROGRESS IN TREATMENT WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND WHENEVER APPROPRIATE TO THE CLIENT'S TREATMENT GOALS. WE CONTINUE TO GROW OUR OUTPATIENT CLINICAL TEAM AND CONSEQUENTLY CAN SERVE MORE CLIENTS. OVER THE COURSE OF THIS YEAR, WE HAVE PROVIDED COUNSELING TO APPROXIMATELY 875 CLIENTS: PROVIDING APPROXIMATELY 3300 MENTAL HEALTH SESSIONS AND APPROXIMATELY 2000 SUBSTANCE USE COUNSELING SESSIONS. ADOLESCENT EDUCATIONAL SUBSTANCE USE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (AESUOP)THE ADOLESCENT EDUCATIONAL SUBSTANCE USE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (AESUOP) IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE BRIDGE AND IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL DESIGNED TO COMBAT SUBSTANCE USE AMONG STUDENTS, COMPLETED ITS SECOND YEAR. TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, COUNSELORS, AND STAFF REFER STUDENTS THEY SUSPECT OF USING SUBSTANCES TO THE AESUOP PROGRAM. UPON REFERRAL, STUDENTS ARE GIVEN A URINE DRUG SCREEN TO IDENTIFY WHAT, IF ANY, SUBSTANCES THE STUDENT IS USING. WHEN A STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE, S/HE PARTICIPATES IN AN INTAKE INTERVIEW WITH THE BRIDGE STAFF BASED ON THE TEEN ADDICTION SEVERITY INDEX (T-ASI). THE T-ASI IS A WIDELY USED INTERVIEW STYLE DIAGNOSTIC TOOL THAT HELPS BOTH THE COUNSELOR AND THE PARTICIPANT IDENTIFY UNDERLYING TRIGGERS FOR SUBSTANCE USE AS WELL AS THE PARTICIPANT'S WILLINGNESS TO ENGAGE IN THE PROGRAM TO COMBAT SUBSTANCE USE. THE CORE OF AESUOP IS INDIVIDUAL THERAPY. ENROLLED STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN ONE 45-MINUTE INDIVIDUAL THERAPY SESSION EACH WEEK FOCUSED ON HELPING THE STUDENT UNDERSTAND AND RESOLVE THE SPECIFIC FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO SUBSTANCE USE, INCLUDING IDENTIFYING TRIGGERS. ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING VALIDATES THE STUDENTS' EMOTIONS AND HELPS TURN THOSE EMOTIONS TOWARD POSITIVE CHANGE THAT HELPS THE STUDENT REACH FOR THEIR GOALS AND DREAMS. AESUOP PROVIDES A SUPPORTIVE CLIMATE WHERE STUDENTS DO NOT FEEL JUDGED FOR THEIR PERCEIVED ISSUES, BUT VALUED AND APPRECIATED FOR THEIR UNIQUE ABILITIES, TALENTS, AND DREAMS. EACH STUDENT WILL LEAVE THE PROGRAM WITH A RELAPSE PREVENTION PROGRAM, CONSTRUCTED WITH THEIR THERAPIST THAT INCORPORATES THEIR NEW SELF-AWARENESS AND IDENTIFIES WAYS TO AVOID SUBSTANCE USE TRIGGERS. IN ADDITION TO TRADITIONAL THERAPEUTIC TOOLS, AESUOP ALSO EMPLOYS CREATIVE ARTS AND PROVIDES OTHER RESOURCES FOR THE STUDENTS AS IS FEASIBLE. FOR EXAMPLE, AESUOP PROVIDED CURSIVE WORKBOOKS TO HELP A STUDENT OVERCOME ANXIETY AND/OR A HESITATION TO WRITE IN CURSIVE DUE TO NOT HAVING LEARNING THIS IMPORTANT TOOLTHROUGH MARCH, AESUOP COMPLETED THE FOLLOWING: 29 STUDENTS WERE REFERRED FOR URINE DRUG SCREENING 151 URINE DRUG SCREENS WERE CONDUCTED. 17 STUDENTS WERE ASSESSED USING THE TEEN-ADDICTION SEVERITY INDEX. 388 CASE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING SCHEDULING (AND RE-SCHEDULING) APPOINTMENTS, UPDATING RECORDS, PROVIDING INFORMATION TO THE SCHOOL AND MORE 136 LETTERS TO PARENTS AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL 81 INDIVIDUAL THERAPY SESSIONS. 3 STUDENTS COMPLETED THE PROGRAM.THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC FORCED THE CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS AND THE AESUOP PROGRAM IN MARCH 2020. WHILE NO NEW REFERRALS WERE PROVIDED FROM THE SCHOOL DURING THE CLOSURE, AESUOP AND THE BRIDGE STAFF CONTINUED TO WORK WITH STUDENTS ALREADY IN THE PROGRAM, ENGAGING THEM IN TELEPHONE CHECK IN AND TELEHEALTH SESSIONS TO HELP THEM COPE WITH THE TRAUMA OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND NOT REVERT TO SUBSTANCE USE. THE BRIDGE INTENDS TO REOPEN THE PROGRAM WHEN THE SCHOOL RESUMES IN CLASSROOM EDUCATION, WITH THE ADDED FEATURE THAT THE IMANI CENTER WILL TAKE THE LEAD IN EDUCATIONAL SUBSTANCE USE PROGRAM AND CASE MANAGEMENT, WHILE THE BRIDGE OUTPATIENT SERVICES AT 50 UNION AVENUE IN IRVINGTON WILL HANDLE THE CLINICAL ASSESSMENTS, DRUG SCREENS, AND INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP COUNSELING.WHEN THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC HIT OUR AREA, OUR TEAM WAS ABLE TO COME TOGETHER AND TRANSFORM OUR PROGRAM TO PROVIDE 100% REMOTE SERVICES VIA A VARIETY OF HIPAA COMPLIANT TELEHEALTH PLATFORMS. OUR CLINICAL STAFF CONTINUED TO WORK TIRELESSLY VIRTUALLY TO SUPPORT OUR CLIENTS, AS WELL AS AN INFLUX OF NEW CLIENTS BOTH DURING THE PANDEMIC AND FOLLOWING THE SOCIAL UNREST AT THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD, EACH OF WHICH CREATED NEW STRESS LEVELS IN THE COMMUNITY. DURING THIS TIME, WE CONTINUED TO RECEIVE REQUESTS FOR COUNSELING FOR MANY OF THE SAME ISSUES BUT WITH A STRONGER INTENSITY IN VOLUME OF REQUESTS FOR COUNSELING WITH A FOCUS ON ADJUSTMENT TO LIFE DURING THE PANDEMIC, TRAUMA, AND LOSS. THE SUBSTANCE USE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM INITIALLY TRANSITIONED TO PROVIDING TELEHEALTH INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS AND CHECK-INS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR OUR INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM CLIENTS. THE DRUG SCREENING PROCESS WAS ADAPTED FROM AN IN-PERSON URINE SCREEN TO HOME DELIVERY OF ORAL SWABS. DURING THE ONSET OF THE SUMMER, OUR AGENCY ABSORBED THE CLIENTS AND SOME STAFF FROM TURNING POINT'S OUTPATIENT SUBSTANCE USE PROGRAM AT THEIR VERONA LOCATION. THIS WAS A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION. IN ADDITION TO CONTINUING TO PROVIDE EXCELLENT COUNSELING SERVICES, DURING THE ONSET OF THE PANDEMIC, AND WITH GUIDANCE FROM AN ON-STAFF ART THERAPIST, THE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM STARTED A WEEKLY COMMUNITY ART PROMPTING ON OUR INSTAGRAM PAGE TO OFFER ART PROMPTS THAT COULD BE COMPLETED AT HOME AS A WAY OF EXTERNALIZING EMOTIONS AND PROCESSING FEELINGS DURING THE PANDEMIC. WE CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF OUR CLIENTS AND PROVIDE TELEHEALTH TO ENSURE THEIR SAFETY AND COMFORT LEVEL FOR COUNSELING, RECOGNIZING THAT COUNSELING CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVE WITHOUT A MASK ON SO THAT FACIAL EXPRESSIONS CAN BE SEEN BY BOTH THE CLIENT AND THE CLINICIAN. AS WE MOVED INTO THE NEW FISCAL YEAR, WE WERE ABLE TO START PROVIDING IN-PERSON DRUG SCREENS AT THE WEST CALDWELL AND IRVINGTON OUTPATIENT OFFICES WHILE STILL PROVIDING ORAL SWABS VIA HOME DELIVER TO CLIENTS WHO ARE NOT COMFORTABLE COMING TO THE OFFICE FOR AN IN-PERSON DRUG SCREEN. WE ARE ALREADY WORKING ON PLANS FOR THE SPRING 2021 TO RE-OPEN OUR OUTPATIENT CLINICAL OFFICES WITH A HYBRID MODEL TO CONTINUE TO SERVE CLIENTS REMOTELY WHEN APPROPRIATE AND WHEN WE FEEL WE CAN PROVIDE IN-PERSON COUNSELING AND PLAY THERAPY SAFELY WE WILL OFFER THAT IN THE OFFICE AS WELL. OUR STAFF CONTINUES TO ENGAGE IN REGULAR CULTURAL HUMILITY TRAININGS, AND WE WILL BE ADDING A RACIAL TRAUMA COMPONENT TO OUR TRAININGS TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE PROVIDING THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE FOR ALL OUR CLIENTS.

Expenses
$1,061,414
Revenue
$642,434

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