Welcome to Bridges

Since 1957, Bridges' mental health and addiction recovery programs and services have helped adults, children and families move toward healing, recovery and renewal.

Bridges is unique in its ability to offer care and treatment for the whole family, children and adults, in the same location, which can make it easier to access services and afford better outcomes for all.

As the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority for Milford, Orange and West Haven, Bridges offers recovery-focused services to support individuals with severe and prolonged mental illness and addiction problems. 

Several of our programs extend to serve residents of the surrounding communities of Ansonia, Bethany, Derby, Seymour, Shelton, and Woodbridge ... [ more ]

What's New at Bridges

Two Bridges' Leaders Giving Back Upon Retirement

January, 2017 Milford, CT - It was with mixed emotions and very fond wishes that the Bridges "family" honored the recent retirement of two senior staff members, Kathy Sheehan, CFO and Terri Eblen, CCO. Kathy and Terri each have been with Bridges for over two decades, during which time their unwavering commitment to our mission, as well as countless contributions fostered the growth and success of the organization. [ more ]

Mental Health First Aid Training

Milford, CT  Bridges offers an internationally recognized training in mental health first aid—an 8-hour certification course to help people in the workplace, at school or in the community better understand mental illness and respond to psychiatric emergencies with the knowledge necessary to assist someone until professional help can be engaged. 

The next training session for Adult Mental Health First Aid takes place Friday, March10. 2017, 8:30 - 5:00 p.m. at Parson's Government Complex, Milford, CT.  [ more ]

You can help us create better lives for struggling young adults

December, 2016 Milford, CT "I am so very thankful and very grateful for everything you have done for me. Now that the winter is coming again I am remembering all the cold nights I had to stay in my truck. I have to say I am lucky to have met you guys and have your support and help me stay up on my feet and not letting me fall even when I wanted to. When I didn't have the strength you gave it to me without even blinking or me having to ask twice. I am so very grateful and again thank you so much for everything! I can't even stress or express how grateful and thankful I am. "  
This is a message sent to one of Bridges' Youth and Young Adult Outreach staff [ more ]

Your gift to Bridges' helps us fight the pain and anguish of addictions, untreated mental illness and suicide

If you have felt the anguish of a loved one's experience with a disabling mental illness, or drug or alcohol addiction, you are not alone. In 2016, one in five of our family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, or, ourselves had a diagnosable mental health disorder. One in ten deaths among working adults in the United States are due to alcohol misuse. Suicide rates are at a 30 year high, with the greatest increase in suicides among middle-age adults. Every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide in the United States.
These statistics are alarming, but you can help change them, right here in our community.
When someone you know needs help, Bridges is here to offer treatment and support. With the right care, people can recover and renew their life. But we desperately need your help to make that happen. Please consider making a gift to Bridges' Annual Fund, so we can continue to be there for all of those who come to our doors during their most vulnerable and difficult times.
Each year, Bridges helps thousands of adults, children and families, and young adults with a range of problems, from serious and chronic mental illnesses to short term emotional or behavioral disorders. Last year, we provided direct services to 1,935 individuals, including 477 children. [ more ]

Moments Do Matter Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk

Watch News 12 coverage of our Moments Do Matter Walk! [ more ]

Bridges' adds new youth and young adult prevention, pregnancy and parenting services

Milford, CT, April 20, 2016– Barbara DiMauro, President and CEO of Bridges...A Community Support System, Inc. and Susan McGrath, Board Chair of the Young Parent Program of Milford (YPP), have announced that effective April 19, 2016, Bridges has assumed management and operations of the Young Parent Program. [ more ]

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