As a non-profit, multi-service organization based in Brooklyn, New York, Bridging Access to Care offers a multitude of behavioral health and outreach services including an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance abuse. Bridging Access to Care has several locations in Brooklyn including Williamsburg, Crown Heights and a main headquarters in Flatbush. The staff are highly diverse, with 68% of the senior employees from African American, Caribbean American and Latino backgrounds. The facility serves an estimated 5,000 clients a year.
Treatment and Staff
Bridging Access to Care’s IOP and standard outpatient program are both offered through First Steps, both licensed through the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). After an initial assessment which addresses the needs of both court-mandated and self-referred clients, treatment includes group and individual therapy each week. Phase I consists of one of these sessions a day for five to six days a week. Phase II is one session a day for three to four days a week and Phase III is one session a day only once or twice a week.
Group sessions meet every week day at the Flatbush facility at 10 am, noon, 3 and 6 pm (with only a noon session available on Saturday). Group sessions include CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI), with no emphasis placed on 12-step recovery. Still, clients can be referred to local meetings upon request. Group sessions last an hour each while individual sessions typically last a half hour. The program typically lasts six months, followed by a period of aftercare which involves attending therapy sessions several times a month.
Dual diagnosis support is available through the IOP in the form of group sessions addressing mental health issues such as anxiety or depression and individual sessions with an in-house mental health therapist. Clients can also be referred to a psychiatrist for individual appointments. It’s also worth noting that Bridging Access to Care has a separate wing at the facility specifically offering mental health outpatient services for those in need of more intensive mental health care.
Bridging Access to Care’s primary staff for IOP consists of LADCs, CSACs and Master’s-level social workers. There is also a medical doctor on staff who provides Suboxone treatment and medication management for those in need of dual diagnosis support. There is no medical detox provided by Bridging Access to Care, though clients can be referred to an accommodating facility before they begin treatment.
In addition to IOP and outpatient services, Bridging Access to Care also provides the Wellness Together program. Wellness Together offers integrated HIV medical care and substance abuse treatment. There’s also the Treatment for Homeless program, which provides mobile treatment to the actively or formerly homeless.
With a diverse staff, multiple locations in Brooklyn and comprehensive substance abuse and mental health services, Bridging Access to Care is a formidable community organization. Clients can expect a full IOP with access to individual therapy sessions and doctor visits that include medication management and Suboxone treatment. For those in need of an affordable and thorough program, Bridging Access to Care is a good bet.
Bridging Access to Care
2261 Church Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226
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