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Overdose Awareness Day- August 31, 2022

International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31st. Join us on the #NewHaven Green from 12-4pm for "The Art of Hope, Health and Healing' featuring overdose education, health screenings, art, games, yoga and more. Bridges' MATT's Van will be there!

Bridges Healthcare 2021 Annual Report

Bridges Healthcare's 2021 Annual Report extols the many valuable partnerships that are so vital to our mission. During the pandemic, these partners have been critical in providing the funding and resources that have allowed us to continue and expand our mental health and addiction recovery services to the community.

We're very grateful for our donors, supporters and partners whose donations, in all forms, contribute to the continuity of our programs and services. [ more ]

Bridges’ Multi-focused Service Expansion Benefits an Underserved West Haven Community

As part of its new strategic plan to more fully meet the behavioral healthcare needs of underserved communities, Bridges Healthcare has established a larger presence and expansion of services in the City of West Haven. The Yale New Haven Hospital Community Needs Assessment-2019 covering the Greater New Haven area (including Bridges' catchment area) lists chronic diseases and mental health and addiction as top health concerns followed by access to health care services.

• 55% of respondents indicated that they sometimes have access to mental/behavioral healthcare
• 24% indicated that they rarely have access.
• 43% indicated that they only sometimes have access to primary care.

According to Bridges' President & CEO Jennifer Fiorillo, "Limited access to behavioral health and primary care services along with the increased hospitalizations in the service area underscore the opportunity for expansion and improved access to vital mental health, screenings, integrated primary care and wraparound services especially for underserved populations and people of color."

Through multiple partnerships and funding opportunities, Bridges has several new initiatives operating in the community, including a new clinical site at 98 Elm St. The site is a component of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, (CCBHC) a federally funded model which offers enhanced access to behavioral health and other integrated services in Milford, West Haven, Orange and Stratford. Bridges achieved CCBHC status in 2020. [ more ]

Bridges Summer 2021 Newsletter

Read our latest newsletter to catch up on our recent expansion into West Haven, upcoming events and more! [ more ]

Bridges Hosts Reception at New Clinical Offices at 98 Elm St. West Haven

Bridges Healthcare, Inc. hosted a reception on June 28 to officially open its new clinical offices at 98 Elm St. West Haven. The site is the base for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, (CCBHC) a federally funded model which offers enhanced access to behavioral health and other integrated services in Milford, West Haven, Orange and Stratford. Bridges achieved CCBHC status in 2020.

Bridges' President and CEO Jennifer Fiorillo stated, "Opening an office and increasing the availability of services to West Haven residents has been a strategic planning goal, as we saw a growing need for behavioral health support, particularly when the CT Mental Health Center relocated their adult services clinic. Transportation can be a challenge for many and removing any obstacles to treatment and recovery is vital. Bridges is proud to offer this connection to health to children, families, adults and young adults in West Haven." [ more ]

The Intersection of Homelessness and Mental Health

Watch our recent Zoom/Facebook Live presentation, hosted by Jen Fiorillo, Bridges Healthcare President & CEO and Jennifer Paradis, Beth-El Center, Inc. Executive Director here:

The goal of this community conversation was to identify the key efforts necessary to increase service engagement and to reduce barriers to access healthcare and homeless services for all!

Bridges Healthcare 2020 Annual Report

Bridges Healthcare's 2020 Annual Report reflects on the tragedies and challenges we've faced together this past year and it expresses the hope and plans we have for 2021 and beyond.

During these difficult times, we're very grateful for our donors, supporters and partners and your recognition of how important Bridges' mental health and addiction recovery services are to our community.

We thank all of our donors for helping us to continue to impact the lives of those who need us most! [ more ]

MATT’S Van Extends Hours and Locations for Fast Access to Opioid Use Treatment

Bridges' Mobile Addiction Treatment Team service, known as MATT's Van has extended its hours and locations to offer individuals experiencing opioid use dependency fast access to treatment and a better chance for recovery. [ 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 ]

Bridges Healthcare 2019 Annual Report

'Bringing Recovery into the Community'

View Bridges 2019 Community Impact Report [ more ]

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