The Bridge Blog

Addiction Is Everywhere

By Rebecca Lynch, Director of Advancement

05/19/2017

Categories: Blogs from Advancement

Addiction is everywhere, affecting all of us.  Even when we're shopping for a new phone.

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Our "Marvelous" Volunteers

By Rebecca Lynch, Director of Advancement

01/20/2017

Categories: Blogs from Advancement

This year's Safe Homes gala on May 5 at the Beechwood Hotel will be Cinco de Marvelous, thanks in part to our hard-working volunteer planning committee.
Learn more about the family history of one of the members, and why this program is so important to the LGBTQ community.

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Minority Mental Health Month

By Lorie Martiska, VP of Advancement

07/29/2016

Categories: Blogs from Advancement



Refugees and immigrants to this country have so much to offer, says Meredith Walsh, of the Worcester Refugee Assistance Project (WRAP) and Family Nurse Practitioner at Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center.  “Sometimes it seems like people forget that this country was founded by refugees seeking relief from religious persecution in England.”

Walsh and Esteban Cardemil, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Clark University and Board Member of the Center for Health Impact recently taped a show for A Bridge to Better Mental Health. The topic was Minority Mental Health, and the conversation was fascinating.

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Saying yes in an evolving system of care

By Ken Bates, President and CEO, The Bridge

05/17/2016

Categories: Blogs from the CEO

I received my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College in 1989.  Eager to help make a difference in the world I took my first job working for a mobile psychiatric screening team.  Our staff, working 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, would take calls from various people and places from throughout the community including emergency rooms, other providers, families, etc...when they had someone who was uninsured (there were many more people without insurance in those days) who they thought needed long term hospitalization.  My job, and the primary purpose of the screening team, was to keep people from being admitted to Westborough State Hospital.  Performance measures in our contract with state were quite simple; how many people did we "screen" and how many were admitted.  Throughout the early 90's we were one of the top performing teams in the state and were really good at saying "no" to hospital admissions.  And, to top it off we basically received the same amount contract money regardless of how many people we screened.  Much of our work occurred over the phone where after a brief telephone screen we would tell people that we wouldn't even come out to see them in person because they “didn't seem to meet the criteria”.  Now of course some people were admitted but many more were diverted. 

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Inspiration Comes In All Directions

By Ken Bates, President and CEO, The Bridge

03/15/2016

Categories: Blogs from the CEO

Recently I had a cup of coffee with a young man named Sean, a 20-year old student  at Worcester State University.  I had originally met him  last fall at a function for our Transition Age Program. Sean had told me then that one of his goals was  to share his recovery story with as many people as he could.  

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