The most recent data available show that over 75% of young people exiting a Washington state system of care (including foster care, criminal justice, and behavioral health care, which includes both mental health care and substance use addiction treatment) who experience homelessness within 12 months of their discharge left inpatient behavioral health programs. The Bridge Program is designed to change this trend so that young people who have the courage to enter treatment have safe housing and services when they return to community.
The Bridge is a statewide collaboration between community-based housing providers, behavioral health discharge planners, other community-based professionals, and young people with lived experience. The group aims to increase the number of unaccompanied young people who return to community from the inpatient behavioral health system with safe housing and services by:
- Providing trainings,
- Coordinating customized return to community plans, and
- Setting advocacy and funding goals
Members of The Bridge program will also work together to ensure the gains young people make during the inpatient treatment process are reinforced by creating individualized Return to Community Plans, including safe housing options, supportive services, and enrichment opportunities.
The Bridge Program meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. To get involved with the group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are eager to engage inpatient behavioral health, recovery, and community-based housing service providers.
To learn more, please read this one-page summary of The Bridge Program.
If you or someone you know are seeking resources to get help or enter an inpatient program, please visit: https://www.hca.wa.gov/free-or-low-cost-health-care/i-need-behavioral-health-support