In full partnership with individuals and families facing challenges, we support and inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams.
The Bridge provides evidence-based, compassionate services for people of all ages with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury and complex family problems.
Bridge programs include:
- Residential care
- Supported Housing for adults living in their own homes
- Flexible home-based services for children, adults and families
- Supported Education and Employment
- Care Coordination and Management
- Safe Homes -- a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth ages 14-23 (safehomesma.org)
- Trauma Response Services -- free psychological first aid for those experiencing a traumatic event
- Bridge Training Institute -- high quality training programs on evidence-based practice for human service professionals and licensed clinicians (thebridgetraininginstitute.org)
- Health and Wellness Initiative
The History of The Bridge
Pictured at The Bridge's 40th Anniversary Celebration on November 1, 2013, are Back Row, L to R, Tom Manning, Barry Walsh, Bill O'Brien, John McCann, Karl Krantz and Dan Hanrahan. Front Row, L to R, Dennis Thompson, Nancy Thompson and Mary Taber.
In 1973, The Bridge opened a group home on Grove Street in Westborough to provide a "bridge" to the community for boys leaving the Lyman School. This residential program was established and operated by a group of Westborough citizens.
At the same time, another group of concerned clincians had established an afterschool program for adolescent patients at Worcester State Hospital. This group became known as Community Treatment Center (CTC) and was led by Barry Walsh, Ph. D. among others.
In 1997, CTC and The Bridge merged to become The Bridge of Central Massachusetts. In 2003, the Bridge moved its headquarters to Worcester's Tatnuck Neighborhood. The Bridge today has over 50 programs in 17 communities throughout Central Mass, Metro-West and Boston.
The Bridge is proud to support and to partner with community organizations such as The United Way of Central Massachusetts, the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton, the City of Worcester Department of Public Health and others.