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BRIDGES Program

About this Program

Children’s Home BRIDGES™ is Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) providing  stabilization and treatment for children and adolescents who are experiencing severe psychiatric  symptoms and emotional disturbance. The Program operates year-round and consists of  highly-structured therapy and offers scholastic education in cooperation with the licensed staff of  the Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12.

Referrals

BRIDGES™ uses the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Health Choices Behavioral Health Services Guidelines for Mental Health Medical Necessity Criteria to determine appropriateness of referrals and admissions.

Our clients have the following criteria:

  • Males and females in grades 1st through 12th
  • Exhibit behaviors that indicate a risk for unsafe actions toward self or others
  • Decreased functioning for their developmental level such that the behavioral disturbance requires regular observation and treatment but does not require 
  • 24-hour supervision are appropriate candidates for referral.

Our Professional Team

The Bridges ™ professional team consists of :

  • Psychiatrist
  • Master level Social Worker
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Master Level Clinician
  • Bachelor’s Level Therapists
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Lincoln Intermediate Until No. 12 Certified Special Education Teachers and Teacher Assistants

Admissions

Partial hospitalization must be recommended as the most clinically appropriate and least restrictive service available for the client referred to the BRIDGES™ Program.  In addition, the referred individual must demonstrate severe symptoms  (problematic behavior and/or severe functional impairment) in one or more of the following areas:

  • Suicidal or homicidal ideation, 
  • Impulsivity and/or aggressive behavior, 
  • Psycho physiological condition (i.e. bulimia, anorexia nervosa), 
  • Affect/function impairment, 
  • Psychosocial functional impairment, 
  • Thought impairment or cognitive impairment (other than Intellectual disability).

Referral to the Program can be considered for the following:  A step-down from acute, inpatient hospitalization or to avoid admission to or as a step down from a Residential Treatment Facility (RTF).

Services Provided

  • Individual, Group, and Family Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Individualized Mental Health Treatment Plan
  • Individualized Education Plan
  • Biopsychosocial Assessment
  • Psychiatric Evaluation & Collaboration Case Management
  • Specialized Evaluations Based on Need
  • Coordination of Care
  • Community Outreach
  • Participation in Riker’s Education Program

For more information or referrals, contact BRIDGES@choyork.org or 717-755-1033
We are located at : 77 Shoe House Road, York, PA 17406