The Bridger program is WellLife Network’s peer-run initiative which empowers its participants towards health, wellness and independent living. Bridger provides transitional and case management services to severely mentally ill adults, as well as those consumers who are dealing with co-occurring disorders and are nearing discharge from Kingsboro Psychiatric Center.
The goal of the Bridger program is to significantly decrease the need for participants to be re-hospitalized by offering ongoing intensive individual and group peer counseling and support services. Bridger support helps consumers maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs, manage their medications and recovery and strengthen life skills.
The team, comprised of well-trained peers, offers candidates for hospital discharge four primary service interventions:
- Engagement in a uniquely personal, positive supportive relationship with a peer
- Involvement in an array of Peer Support Meetings located both in the hospital, and following discharge, in the community
- Linkage to a broad range of community-based service and natural supports
- Teaching community adjustment and wellness self-management skills
The WellLife Network acts as a support liaison to ensure that the participant receives ongoing benefits and entitlements. Participants are also assisted with exploring housing options and are linked to various supportive services located within the community.
Our Peer Specialists seek to motivate and guide each consumer, using an individualized Wellness & Recovery Action Plan. This plan, created in cooperation with the consumer, builds on each participant’s needs, desires and strengths with the goal of maximizing independence.
Bridger Services is located on the campus of the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, Brooklyn, NY 11203.