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.
Our Professional Team
The Bridges™ professional team consists of :
- Master-level Social Worker
- Licensed Social Worker
- Master Level Clinician
- Bachelor’s Level Mental Health Workers
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Lincoln Intermediate Until No. 12 Certified Special Education Teachers and Teacher Assistants
- 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
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.
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).