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BRIDGES 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.

Our Professional Team

The Bridges™ professional team consists of :

  • Psychiatrist
  • 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

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

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.

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).


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