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The Bridge proves every day that persons with serious mental illness or substance abuse, the homeless, and persons with HIV/AIDS can live productive lives in the community. Click on the links for more …

The Bridge proves every day that persons with serious mental illness or substance abuse, the homeless, and persons with HIV/AIDS can live productive lives in the community. Click on the links for more introductory information.

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  • 1. Help, Hope, Opportunity Our Mission The mission of The Bridge is to change lives by offering help, hope and opportunity to those most vulnerable in the community. We offer a comprehensive array of mental health, rehabilitation and housing services that assist clients to achieve more independent and productive lives in the community. Services are available at its program headquarters at 248-250 West 108th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side five days a week and on holidays, and at program and residential sites throughout Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. Our History The Bridge was established in 1954 as a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community-based organization. Now in its 59th year, it has evolved into a multi-service, multi-site and multi-borough agency serving close to 2,000 men and women a year including people with serious mental illness, the homeless, people with substance use disorders, those exiting the criminal justice system, and people living with HIV and AIDS. Funding Funding for our comprehensive array of services comes from federal, state and city government partners and through the generosity of foundations, corporations, donations from individuals and through special events. The Bridge is licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Ann R. Hyatt - Senior Vice President for Development & External RelationsE: ahyatt@thebridgeny.org · t: 212 663 3000 x379 · 248 W 108 St. NYC 10025
  • 2. Services & TreatmentPersonalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS): Our core outcome‐driven rehabilitation and recovery program for people withserious mental illness, the program is licensed by NYS OMH, and offers evidenced‐based and best‐practice services to help participantsachieve more successful, productive and independent lives in the community. The program offers a comprehensive array of servicesincluding mental health treatment, life skills, entry‐level vocational training, social and recreational activities, job placement, andsupport services. Participants in PROS also engage in The Bridge Creative Arts and Horticulture programs, the latter in collaboration withthe Horticultural Society of New York. As an approved VESID and federal Employment Network vendor, The Bridge provides vocationalservices for PROS participants and clients of its other programs.Housing - the cornerstone of rehabilitation: The Bridge is sponsor, developer, social services provider and manager of 18 buildingsand more than 350 scatter‐site apartments in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. We offer housing with services to 778 individuals andwe have 4 new buildings in development and/or construction that will provide 200 new housing units. Specialized housing is availablefor mentally ill adults who are aging and physically frail, homeless mentally ill women with substance abuse problems released fromprison, the chronically homeless and those with HIV/AIDS. New housing is planned for homeless veterans and young adults, 18‐25, agingout of foster care and the children’s mental health system, and low income families.Services for Special Populations: For the homeless, we offer outreach, support services and housing. For persons with psychiatric andsubstance abuse disorders, we offer a licensed medically supervised integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment program,support groups with intensive relapse prevention, and housing. For persons with mental health diagnoses and HIV/AIDS, we offerintensive case management, treatment services and housing. For persons who have been in the criminal justice system, we providespecialized treatment and housing.Health Care: Through an arrangement with the William F. Ryan Community Health Center, we offer primary healthcare services to everyclient at our headquarters. A staff nurse works with the Ryan team providing follow‐up and referral. Recognizing that physical wellness isan essential component of mental wellness, we encourage healthy living through exercise, good nutrition, diabetes wellness groups, andsmoking cessation programs in our rehabilitation and residential settings.Assertive Community Treatment (ACT): A best practice, this model offers psychiatric treatment, case management, health care andsocial services to individuals with mental illness and substance abuse problems who are not participating in traditional treatmentprograms. We operate a Manhattan‐based ACT team for 68 adults, and a Bronx-based ACT team uniquely linked to supportive housing for68 chronically homeless adults.Blended Case Management: This program offers case management services to over 300 individuals with serious mental illness inQueens. Staff visits clients where they live or work to ensure that they continue receiving services they need to remain in the community.Mental Health Clinic: This OMH‐licensed program offers individual, group, family psychotherapy and medication evaluation,administration and monitoring to Bridge clients and community residents. The Clinic has expanded its hours and also now has eveninghours.Creative Arts Therapies: Through painting, poetry, creative writing, music and photography clients have an important outlet forself‐expression and personal growth. Bridge artists and poets have received wide recognition for their work. Bridge artists work with theMuseum of Modern Art in an exciting collaboration that includes an annual exhibition.
  • 3. Join Our Community VolunteerThe Bridge has a vibrant volunteer program. Volunteers can be involved in activities with our clients, can lend their skills tothe administration of the agency in such areas as IT, finance, etc. or become involved in our special interest Committees. Join The Friends of The Bridge Art Program The Friends mission is to promote The Bridge Art Program to new audiences, and support the Art Therapy Program. The group held 2 recent events touring NYC art galleries to raise funds. Join The Bridge Make a Difference Committee This Committees mission is to promote The Bridge programs, services and societal benefits to new people, and help support The Bridge. Join The Friends of The Bridge Horticulture Program The Friends of The Bridge Urban Farm/ Horticulture Program is a group of people interested in promoting The Bridge Urban Farm/Horticulture Program to new interested people and help support the program. @TheBridgeNY Faceboook.com/TheBridgeNY

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