Welcome to the Bridge

By NorthStar Advocates

The Bridge Residential HB 1929 is in the Governors Budget!

One step closer to a pioneering residential program for youth aged 18-24.

ONE STEP closer to more housing for youth and young adults:

Dept. of Commerce releases pac tower workgroup recommendations

our program focus areas

The Bridge Coalition

Collaborative Leadership: Bringing together stakeholders, individuals with lived experience, state organizations, tribes, and youth to lead the development of trainings, education, agency spotlights, and collective efforts. The Coalition is dedicated to preventing young people from being discharged into homelessness after completing residential inpatient programs.

Youth Involvement

Engaging Youth and Young Adults: Focused on involving young individuals with lived experience through independent contractors, a dedicated Youth Advisory Committee, and active engagement and support of Young Advisory Boards (YABs) statewide.

The Bridge Housing

Policy, Development, and Implementation of HB 1929: Responsible for shaping policy, development, and the implementation of two 6-10 bed 90-day residential programs in Eastern and Western Washington. The Bridge Housing programs focus on effectively transitioning young adults from inpatient care back into their communities, ensuring a supportive and stable reintegration process.

Calendar

Stay Up-To Date On Coalition Meetings & Events

 Explore our calendar for easy access to all NorthStar Advocates’ key meetings, including The Bridge Coalition and Youth & Legislative Advocacy initiatives. Click on the provided Zoom links to stay connected and get involved

Bridge Coalition Meeting

4th Tuesday of every month from:

1:00-2:30 PM PST

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The Bridge Coalition is a collaborative initiative aimed at preventing the discharge of youth and young adults from behavioral health inpatient facilities into homelessness. It focuses on enhancing cross-system involvement through trainings and statewide agency spotlights to ensure comprehensive support for vulnerable individuals. Click Here To Enter Meeting

Steering Committee

3rd Tuesday of every month from:

1:00-2:00 PM PST

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The Bridge Steering Committee serves as a platform for NorthStar Advocates and young individuals with lived experiences to collaboratively shape agendas and topics for the broader Bridge Coalition meetings, fostering a youth-driven approach to address behavioral health challenges and homelessness prevention.

Youth Advisory

To Be Determined

Time & Date coming soon.

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The Youth Advisory Committee is a pivotal assembly of individuals with lived experiences dedicated to strategizing and elevating Youth Advisory Boards statewide. By actively involving lived experiences, this committee plays a central role in shaping the direction of NorthStar, ensuring a comprehensive and authentic approach to addressing the needs of the youth community.

Bridge Coalition Trainings

Discover The Bridge Coalition Trainings – insightful sessions led by individuals with lived experience, professionals, and organizations. These trainings focus on enhancing shared knowledge about crucial topics to support youth and young adults transitioning from behavioral health inpatient programs. The goal is to create a safe and stable environment, preventing homelessness and fostering a brighter future. Join us in building understanding and resilience through these impactful sessions.

Facing Fentanyl

A NorthStar Advocates training created for services providers to help address the fentanyl crisis in WA State. The training was presented to the Bridge Coalition, a meeting run by NorthStar Advocates.

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Kids Mental Health Washington

On 8-22- 2023 Kids Mental Health Washington conducted a training for the Bridge Coalition.

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Integrated Manage Care

Scott Swan a representative from Molina provides an overview regarding Washington States Integrated Manage Care for the Bridge Coalition Meeting on 10-24-2023 to The Bridge Coalition.

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HCA - System of Care

The Health Care Authority presents on System of Care at The Bridge Coalition Meeting on 03-28-2023.

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Return To Community

Jim Theofelis covers the purpose and scope for The Bridge Coalition and describes NorthStar Advocates concept of Return To Community.

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Articles & Updates

Explore The NorthStar Advocates Blog for real stories from people with lived experience, agency highlights, and important updates from NorthStar Advocates. 

Seattle Times Op-Ed on SHB 1929

Seattle Times Op-Ed on SHB 1929

In this op-ed, NorthStar Executive Director Jim Theofelis and Julio Cortes who represents the 38th District in the Washington Legislature, address the urgent intersection of the behavioral health and homelessness crises, particularly among young people. Highlighting...

1/23/24 Bridge Coalition Meeting Notes

1/23/24 Bridge Coalition Meeting Notes

Jan 23rd Bridge Coalition Meeting Notes:  Opening Comments (Jim):  Focusing on return to community: safe housing, relationships, and supporting their interests and passions Working out logistics with Zoom and Calendar Invites A brief description of an “etch a sketch”...