Mental Health Services
The Bridge offers a number of residential group living environments in central and eastern Massachusetts. Funded through DMH, these services are offered for adults who have serious mental health challenges. Referrals through DMH are required for admission. The Bridge also offers several residential group living environments for individuals experiencing dual diagnosis -- mental health challenges and substance use disorders. These programs offer individuals opportunities to engage in skill-building, treatment, counseling, and support in a highly structured therapeutic environment.
SUPPORTED HOUSING/ COMMUNITY SUPPORT
In addition to residential services, The Bridge offers a range of Supported Housing, Community Support and Flexible Support programs for individuals with mental health challenges. These services are also funded through DMH and require referral through DMH for admission. Individuals are supported in their own apartments and homes and in the community. Services vary from high intensity supports to more basic intermittent support depending on the needs of individuals. The Bridge provides Care Management and Coordination within these programs, offering a high level of support and connections to needed resources in the community.
The Bridge has specialized programming for young adults and transition-age youth. Focusing on providing treatment models, counseling and support for this age group, The Bridge offers a range of services and settings. Peer support and supported employment and education are evidence-based models offered by The Bridge to help young adults achieve their life, educational and career goals, while teaching skills and providing treatment to help them achieve resiliency during times of life stress.
The Bridge offers three residential programs designed for young adults and transition-age (ages noted below) who are experiencing mental health challenges.
- Northborough --Ages 18-22
- Marlborough-- Ages 18-29
- Worcester -- Ages 18-25
Supported Housing, Community Support and Peer Support
The Bridge offers programs in the Worcester area and in the north county area to provide supported housing, community support and peer support for young adults and transition-age youth with mental health challenges to help them achieve or maintain a high level of independence and to achieve their life, employment and educational goals.
SAFE HOMES PROGRAM FOR LGBTQ YOUTH
The Safe Homes program offers a weekly drop-in center for LGBTQ youth ages 14-23 and their allies. Food, support, educational presentations and counseling are offered in a peer-led, adult-advised setting. Safe Homes is funded through the Department of Public Health and by charitable grants and contributions. All services provided are free of charge. For more information, visit the Safe Homes website.
worcester continuum of caring together
Caring Together is a collaborative initiative between the Massachusetts DMH and DCF to provide services for youth with emotional challenges and/or multi-stressed families. Services include flexible individualized treatment, rehabilitation, supervision, and support that vary in intensity depending on youth and family needs. Services are provided by the same core team of staff members regardless of the setting in which the youth resides. In addition to delivering services using a Wraparound Philosophy, the Continuum offers long and short term out-of-home care for youth who cannot be maintained at home safely.
The Bridge offers highly structured residential programs for children and adolescents.
The adolescents in these programs have a history of emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric difficulties that have resulted in problems in school, home, or the community. They are referred by the Department of Mental Health in the Central Mass and Metro Suburban areas or the Department of Children and Families. The youth attend school in the community. The goal of these programs is to enhance personal, social, and independent living in order to prepare adolescents for reunification with their families or transition to independent living. The programs utilize a Wraparound Philosophy which helps family, family support members, and service providers work together to support the family or child.
- Adolescent Residence (Westborough) -- ages 13 to 19
- School-House (Worcester) ages 8 to 13
- Ives House (Worcester)-- ages 13 -18
Individual and Family flexible supports
Individual and Family Flexible Support services are designed to assist youth between the ages of 8 and 18 and their families who are DMH-eligible and DMH-referred, and who live in Central Massachusetts or the Northeast Suburban region. The overall goal is to assist children and their family members to develop skills, strategies and supports to sustain the child in the family’s natural environment and to help the child successfully function in the community.
This program also supports each child’s ongoing development of age-appropriate social, emotional, academic and pre-work skills. Services are highly flexible and individualized to meet the varying needs of children and their families. Individualized goals and plans are developed for each child and their family in partnership with DMH and other individuals identified by the family. The three types of services: Family Systems Intervention, Individual Youth Support and Youth Group Support are delivered individually or in combination as needed. Services are provided in the home and/or in community-based settings. The program utilizes a Wraparound Philosophy which helps family, support members, and service providers work together to support the family or child.