Mid-State Health Center
The Mid-State Health Center is a primary care health center offering a patient-centered medical home for Bridge House participants. Bridge House participants get primary care on a sliding fee scale, helping residents avoid the unnecessary use of hospital emergency rooms. Infants see a pediatrician from the health center within the first 24 to 48 hours of their arrival at the shelter.
Speare Memorial Hospital provides access to the Community of Care which offers a reduced rate for all services for anyone who meets the low-income criteria.
Counseling and Mental Health
Homeless people have often exhausted all of their financial and social capital and face a complex set of challenges that need to be addressed to move forward. The Bridge House provides access to mental health and substance abuse services via a variety of providers.
The newest addition to the Bridge House staff is Jay Apicelli, who provides counseling services Wednesday evenings at the Bridge House. Alternatively, Shirley Bemis, LICSW, or clinical psychologists from the Mid-State Health Center, provide assessments and counseling. Partnering with Genesis Behavioral Health, a mental health assessment is recommended for all new participants. Our staff partners with Genesis and Mid-State to follow-up and monitor the progress of all participants.
AA is mandatory for anyone with a history of alcohol and drug use.