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Bridges Healthcare's Fall 2019 Newsletter
Read Bridges' Fall newsletter for photos and updates on all that's happening in our organization and in the community! [ more ]
Hundreds Came Out to Support Bridges' Folks on Spokes Ride/Step Forward Walk
Thanks to everyone who rode, walked and supported our Folks on Spokes Ride/Step Forward Memorial Walk last weekend! Over 350 people participated in Bridges Healthcare's annual fundraiser which celebrated its 29th anniversary this year. [ more ]
Bridges Healthcare's Summer 2019 Newsletter
Check out our Summer e-newsletter to stay informed about Bridges' news and events and how your support and contributions are making a difference for the many people in our community who come to Bridges. [ more ]
Bridges Healthcare 2018-19 Community Report and Appeal
We are pleased to publish our Fiscal Year 2018-19 Community Impact Report.
Bridges Healthcare Fall 2018 Newsletter
Check out our Fall newsletter to meet our new CEO/President and to stay informed about Bridges' news and events. [ more ]
Bridges Announces the B-SAFE Project
Bridges Healthcare, Inc., announces it has changed the name of its Young Parent Program to the B-SAFE Project to better reflect the objectives and the populations served by this initiative. B-SAFE stands for Sexual Awareness and Family Empowerment. SAFE speaks to the two main project goals: to provide sexual and reproductive health and prevention education to teens and students, and to offer information, referrals and case management services for pregnant and parenting teens and young adults. [ more ]
Bridges Healthcare Spring 2018 Newsletter
Check out our Spring newsletter to stay informed about Bridges' news and events and how your support and contributions are making a difference for the many people in our community who come to Bridges. [ more ]
Bridges Awarded United Way of Milford Community Investment Funding
Bridges Healthcare, Inc. will receive $168,000 in funds from the United Way of Milford Community Investment allocation for 2018. The award is allocated to serve Milford residents enrolled in Bridges' Outpatient Mental Health and Addiction program and BSAFE Project, formerly the Young Parent Program. The funds supplement state grants and contracts for outpatient services as well as funding from the City of Milford. [ more ]
Bridges Healthcare CEO, Barbara DiMauro Announces Retirement
February 20, 2018 - Barbara DiMauro, President and CEO of Bridges Healthcare, Inc. has announced that she will retire from the agency, effective June 29, 2018.
Ms. DiMauro was appointed President and CEO on July 1st, 2014. She joined Bridges in 2006 and was named Chief of Services in 2011. During her tenure with Bridges, she secured over three million dollars in state and federal grant funds for various programs which included an expansion of the agency's service portfolio to provide integrated primary and behavioral healthcare and wellness services. Ms. DiMauro also spearheaded an initiative to offer clients easier access to pharmacy services to improve medication compliance. This effort resulted in a partnership and lease agreement which provides specialty pharmacy onsite at Bridges' main clinic offices. [ more ]
Bridges Healthcare Awarded Contract for Regional Senior Outreach and Engagement Services
December 2017 - Bridges Healthcare, Inc. was recently awarded a multi-year contract from the Connecticut Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services to provide assessment and case management services to older adults, age 55+ throughout Central and Southern CT. Bridges was one of five independent, non-profit community providers to receive the contract award in the state. [ more ]
Bridges Fall 2017 Newsletter
Welcome to the first issue of our new 'Transformations' newsletter. Our goal with this publication is to keep you informed about Bridges' news and how your support and contributions are making a difference for the many people in our community who come to Bridges. [ more ]
Bridges Healthcare - Summer 2017 Newsletter
June 2017 - In this Issue: Community Donation to Assist Youth and Young Adults; 60th Community-Wide Anniversary Celebration; Barry Kasdan Scholarship Recipient; Folks on Spokes Early Bird Registration is Now Open ... [ more ]
Health and Wellness Fair and 60th Anniversary Celebration
June 7, 2017 Milford, CT - The sun was shining on June 1, as more than 150 clients, staff, volunteers and Bridges Healthcare supporters enjoyed a day of health, wellness and celebration on the Bridges campus, where the agency hosted its second annual Behavioral Health Home Health and Wellness Fair, then capped off the day with music and cake to honor its 60th anniversary ... [ more ]
Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month and Bridges' 60th Anniversary!
April 10, 2017, Milford, CT - Bridges Healthcare, Inc. will honor Mental Health Awareness Month and the agency's 60th anniversary this May with several events open to its clients and the community. [ more ]
Support Bridges During The Great Give®
May 2-3, 2017 - The Great Give is a live online donation event that supports local nonprofits. And it's an opportunity for Bridges to win hundreds of dollars in matching funds! Please consider donating to Bridges Healthcare via The Great Give. Thanks for your support! [ more ]
Access Newsletter: Winter 2017
February 2017 - In this Issue: Giving Back After Decades of Service to Bridges; Building a Healthy Community; February is National Heart Month; Mental Health First Aid Training; Bridges Responds to the Opioid Crisis; Young Parent Program... [ more ]
Two Bridges' Leaders Giving Back Upon Retirement
January, 2017 Milford, CT - It was with mixed emotions and very fond wishes that the Bridges "family" honored the recent retirement of two senior staff members, Kathy Sheehan, CFO and Terri Eblen, CCO. Kathy and Terri each have been with Bridges for over two decades, during which time their unwavering commitment to our mission, as well as countless contributions fostered the growth and success of the organization. [ more ]
Health & Wellness Fair at Bridges
May 24, 2016 Milford, CT - Bridges' Integrative Health staff held a Wellness Fair at the agency on Wednesday, May 24 to promote it's Behavioral Health Home program and celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. [ more ]
Postponed! Good Vibrations Sunset Celebration
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - The Good Vibrations Sunset Celebration sceduled for Thursday May 12 has been postponed. Thanks to all who purchased tickets! You will recieve a refund and email shortly. Watch for details on a new date later this year!
Bridges adds Young Parent Program to outreach services for youth and young adults
Milford, CT, April 20, 2016– Barbara DiMauro, President and CEO of Bridges...A Community Support System, Inc. and Susan McGrath, Board Chair of the Young Parent Program of Milford (YPP), have announced that effective April 19, 2016, Bridges has assumed management and operations of the Young Parent Program.
"Ensuring the health and well-being of pregnant and parenting young women, their babies, and the fathers of the children is critical to the long-term success of these families," said Barbara DiMauro. "This program meets a vital need in our community, and is the only program in our area to offer these specific services. We are very excited to devote Bridges' extensive experience with youth and young adults, and agency resources to continue the work of the YPP and broaden our outreach and prevention and education services for youth and young adults." [ more ]
Your Support for Bridges' Annual Fund Affirms That All #PeopleMatter
April 1, 2016 - There is still time to make your gift to Bridges' 2016 Annual Fund Campaign! Donations made before June 30, 2016 are included in the 2016 fund and will be recognized in our 2016 Annual Report. Here is how your gift matters:
When you think about what matters most to you, no doubt the people you love come to mind first. This year, Bridges' joined an important advocacy campaign, #PeopleMatter. Organized by the CT Community Providers Association, this initiative was created to raise awareness of how all people are harmed by uninformed budget cuts to the mental health, addictions and other services that help thousands of people live safe and healthy lives. [ more ]
Much Needed Support for Mental Health
June 29, 2015 - by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - Few topics are as difficult to talk about as mental health. That reality leads many members of our community to struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction and more – all in silence. A Milford-based nonprofit has been battling the fear and confusion around mental health since 1957. Their efforts need our attention.
Bridges...A Community Support System, Inc. provides comprehensive mental health and addictions services to individuals of all ages. Their work focuses on residents living in Milford, Orange and West Haven. However, their reach extends well beyond. Through training services, media outreach and fundraising activities, the organization raises vital awareness for mental and behavioral health issues throughout Connecticut.... [ more ]
2015 Staff Appreciation Day
Bridges' staff are dedicated and committed to supporting their client's health and well-being. [ more ]
CEO DiMauro thanks legislators for fighting budget cuts
June 4, 2015 - Letter to the Editor, New Haven Register - As the president and CEO of a nonprofit, community-based agency, I would like to commend Sen. Gayle Slossberg (District 14) for her unwavering support of the residents we serve with mental health and addiction disorders, as demonstrated by her role and efforts on the Appropriations Committee to restore much of the $160 million in spending cuts that Gov. Malloy proposed to make in every area of health and human services. [ more ]
Nonprofit Providers Say there are No More Cuts to be Made
April 5, 2015 - by Dirk Perrefort - Connecticut Post- Decades of underfunding. Cuts at every level. Uncompetitive salaries. The state's response? Do more with less. Private providers of mental health care in the region were flabbergasted in recent weeks when state officials said nonprofit providers need to become "more efficient" amid proposed budget cuts ... "Don't they see that we've been working hard to find efficiencies for decades?" said Barbara DiMauro, president and CEO of Bridges ... [ more ]
Community Providers Sound Alarm on Budget Cuts
February 4, 2015 - by Daniela Altimari - Hartford Courant - Human service providers from across Connecticut are bracing for budget cuts that they say could shred the safety net and harm some of the state's neediest citizens. "In these challenging times, we all know the budget is a huge issue for us," said state Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, co-chairwoman of the legislature's human services committee. "But we can't do it on the backs of the people who are less fortunate." ... [ more ]
Rise in Connecticut Suicides a 'Significant Problem'
January 10, 2015 - by Ed Stannard - New Haven Register - Death by suicide has been on the rise in Connecticut — nearly one a day — with experts pointing to the ease of acquiring deadly opioids such as heroin and the stresses of middle age. "Here at our clinic, I do have to say that we are seeing more suicides, because we track them," said Barbara DiMauro, president and CEO of Bridges in Milford, which provides mental health services. "We had more suicides in 2012 and 2013 than we did in previous years." ... [ more ]
Bridges Names New CEO and President
May 30, 2014 - Milford, CT - Bridges ... A Community Support System Inc., announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Barbara DiMauro, LCSW as Chief Executive Officer and President effective July 1, 2014. DiMauro currently holds the position of Bridges' Chief of Services. DiMauro will replace retiring CEO Barry Kasdan. [ more ]
Bridges Announces CEO Kasdan's Retirement
March 12, 2014 - Milford-Orange Bulletin - Bridges ... A Community Support System Inc., has begun a search for a new Chief Executive Officer, as Barry Kasdan announced his plans to retire. Kasdan will remain with Bridges through June 2014 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for his successor. "Bridges has become a leading provider of mental health and addiction services to children, adults and families, due in large part to Barry's vision, his tremendous leadership skills and his commitment to helping people with mental illness and addictions. He will be greatly missed by the Bridges community," said Michelle LeMere, chair of Bridges' Board of Directors. ... [ more ]
Bridges is a community of dedicated caregivers committed to providing comprehensive and effective mental health services and addiction recovery programs for adults, children and families.