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Bridges’ Folks on Spokes Ride/Step Forward Walk Goes Virtual - September 13-20, 2020

For 30 years caring people have come out to support Bridges Healthcare's main fundraising event, Folks on Spokes Ride for Mental Health in September. This year, with so much still unknown about the Coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic, the ride and its accompanying Step Forward Memorial Walk, will take place a little differently, with participants choosing to ride or walk anytime during the week of Sept. 13 through Sept. 20. There will be virtual kick-off and finish line gatherings to celebrate the continued effort by the community to raise awareness and funds for mental health and substance use disorder treatment. [ more ]

Providing Mental Health Services During COVID-19

A New Way of Serving Our Clients

We are open and continue to provide Bridges' array of services including intake for new referrals seeking treatment, individual and group therapy, medication management, Medication Assisted Treatment and case management services. Rather than traditional methods to provide services, we have adapted to this time by using the technology available to us, as both clients and staff adjust to new ways of meeting and communicating. Our staff have increased support to all clients through phone calls and video meetings to ensure that needs are met. [ more ]

Bridges Names New CEO and President

Bridges Healthcare, Inc., announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jennifer Fiorillo, MPH, MBA as Chief Executive Officer and President effective June 4, 2020. Ms. Fiorillo has served as Chief of Performance, Strategy and Planning for the agency since 2016.

"Jennifer has proven to be an effective leader with the experience, vision and ability to bring people together to advance the mission of our organization for the benefit of all those we serve," stated Michelle LeMere, Chair of Bridges' Board of Directors. "As a board, we look forward to our continued work with the entire Bridges staff under Jen's leadership to implement several important new programs." [ more ]

Bridges Receives $2 Million Grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

May 18, 2020 Milford,CT -- Bridges Healthcare, Inc. has announced that it has been awarded a two-year, $2,000,000 annual grant by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement program services as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center, (CCBHC). With the goals of expanding access to care and improving the quality of behavioral health services, the CCBHC model offers enhanced federal matching funds to community behavioral health providers for services delivered to Medicaid beneficiaries. More than 70% of Bridges client population is insured by Medicaid. [ more ]

MATT’s Van Celebrating A Year of Success in Treating Opioid Use Disorder

April marks the first year anniversary of The Mobile Addiction Treatment Team, known as "MATT's Van" operated by Bridges Healthcare, Inc., announced John Dixon, President and CEO. "We are pleased to share that there have been many successes in expanding treatment with street-side services to those who desperately need help. We are especially proud to celebrate this milestone with one of our first clients, Sarah, who achieved one year in recovery from Opioid Use Disorder on April 7. Sarah is sharing her experience and wants to let those who are struggling with Opiod Use Disorder know that "It gets easier. " [ more ]

Client Story: Alyson Reclaims Her Life

Twenty-seven year old Alyson* credits her recovery from co-occurring mental health and drug use disorders to several factors: a young son who she can now spend time with, a parent who helped her with housing, a great support network she developed from working her program, plus the medication and therapy she receives at Bridges, from a professional she describes as "always caring and concerned". [ more ]

Bridges Achieves Behavorial Health Care Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Bridges announced it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective care. [ more ]

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