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.

As the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority for Milford, Orange and West Haven and the surrounding communities, Bridges offers outpatient services to support individuals with severe and prolonged mental illness, behavioral issues and addiction problems. [ more ]

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Take the first steps toward recovery. Our trained clinicians are ready to help you. Bridges offers fast-track access to treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder, ages 16 and up.

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What's New at Bridges

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

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 ]

Bridges Leadership Transition Announcement

Upon the recent resignation of John Dixon for family-related reasons, the Board of Directors has appointed Jennifer Fiorillo, MPH, MBA, as the Interim CEO and President of Bridges Healthcare.

Jen has held senior leadership positions within Bridges since 2016, most recently as Chief of Performance, Strategy and Planning. Prior to that, Jen was the Director of CommuniCare, Inc., a partner agency of Bridges and BHCare. Jen has been the agency lead on several of its most complex and successful initiatives, including integrating primary care services for our high-risk population, upgrades to our electronic health record technology, and most recently, the awarding of a $2M Federal SAMHSA grant for Certified Community Behavioral Health Center programming. You will be hearing more about this initiative from Jen in the coming weeks.

While a change in leadership at this time is unexpected, we have every confidence that Jen will make a seamless transition into her new position, and will lead Bridges with the expertise, professionalism and compassion that she has exhibited during her tenure at Bridges, and throughout her career.

As always, the best interest of our clients, our staff and the communities we serve are at the forefront of our work and actions. We appreciate your continued support and confidence in our organization as we advance in these challenging times.

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19


Bridges will continue to provide services to our clients and the community in the safest manner possible.  Currently, the main clinic and all service delivery sites are temporarily closed for in-person appointments.

Clients are receiving all services via telephone (audio only), or telehealth, (audio and video) by appointment.

Urgent and emergent situations are instructed to call the main number, 203-878-6365 to be connected directly to our triage team.

To reach our Mobile Addiction Treatment Team (MATT's Van) call or text 203-494-5811.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation at this time. 

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 ]

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

One of MATT's Van's first clients reaches one year of sobriety.

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 ]

Bridges Healthcare Community Impact Report 2019

The theme of our 2019 Impact Report, "Bringing Recovery into the Community" reflects the way we reach people "where they are." Our services help people in the environment where
they spend time and face many of their challenges. We work with adults at various community sites, and children, teens and their families at school and in their homes.

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

View the Impact Community Report.

Bridges Launches the State's First Mobile Addiction Treatment Unit


Bridges launched the State's first Mobile Addiction Treatment Team for opioid addiction treatment.The mobile unit is called M.A.T.T.'s Van. It will be parked at the Beth El Center in Milford every Monday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and on Main St. near the West Haven City Hall/West Haven Green every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Individuals in withdrawal from opioids or otherwise ready to start treatment can visit the van to receive a prescription for a medication called Suboxone to counter cravings and withdrawal symptoms. They will also have access to a peer counselor, a Narcan overdose reversal kit, referral to a treatment center like Bridges, and transportation to a pharmacy to fill the prescription. The service is free and does not require proof of insurance, however individuals must be over 18 to utilize the service. [ more ]

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