Healthy Minds. Healing Hearts.
Peaceful Communities.​

Healthy Minds.
Healing Hearts.
Peaceful Communities.

A nonprofit community based organization that provides behavioral health care services which are designed to strengthen and support the family and promote the personal growth of children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

"Because family success is just a short journey over The Bridge..."

The Bridge provides a stigma-free and culturally sensitive environment for children, adolescents, individuals, families and couples who are struggling to cope with life’s challenges. At The Bridge everyone has an opportunity to receive the support they need to change, grow and thrive.
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Mental Health & Substance Use Outpatient Counseling Services
We offer professional counseling services to adults, adolescents and children. These services help individuals and families with marital problems, parent/child conflicts, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, substance abuse, eating disorders and more. Our two counseling sites in West Caldwell and Irvington are staffed by licensed clinicians, who provide individualized and group assessment and treatment services. We also provide group counseling (outpatient and intensive outpatient) to adults struggling with an alcohol or substance dependency.
Peace Model Program
As The Bridge’s longest-standing program, our School-Based Counseling arm has provided over four decades of service to the Caldwell-West Caldwell school district. School counselors in the elementary schools and middle school provide individual support and group consultation with teachers and other school personnel, crisis intervention and classroom education creating safe spaces within each school and easy access to quality services.
Family Preservation Services (FPS)
Family Preservation Services (FPS) is an intensive, in-home crisis intervention and family education program. Our team works in partnership with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) in order to provide services to families who have children at imminent risk of out-or-home placement and to families who are preparing to be reunified with their children. Services are also provided to resource parents who are in need of assistance to stabilize children in their family’s care. The goals of the FPS program are to ensure the safety of children, stabilize families, improve family functioning, prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement, and link families with appropriate community resources. The FPS program provides a skills-based intervention that is family centered and focused on family’s strengths. The Bridge provides services to families residing in Essex and Union Counties.
The Imani Center
School Based Youth Services
The Imani Center has been working tirelessly with teens at Irvington High School for over two decades. This program strives to help youth stay in school, graduate, continue their education or gain employment with strong skills. Working closely with Irvington High School personnel, Imani staff identifies students who may be at risk for school failure or substance abuse. Imani professionals provide a wide range of services including crisis intervention and referral, educational workshops for students and parents, pregnancy prevention, ELS (English as a Second Language), assessment and referral and daily consultation with teachers. The Imani Center has two bilingual (Creole & Spanish) parent outreach coordinators who connect with and advocate for families who don’t speak English.
Stepping Stones
Women's Substance Use Services
Stepping Stones is a unique women’s intensive outpatient service empowering women to take control of their lives and plan for their futures through emotional, spiritual and healthy lifestyle components. The program is designed for women referred by the Department of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) who are in need of who are in need of substance use disorder counseling. Nutrition is incorporated into this program as an enhanced service.
Making Achievement Possible (MAP)
Making Achievements Possible (M.A.P.) is a school-based youth services program operating out of University Middle School in Irvington, NJ. The Bridge, M.A.P. Program provides its services to the middle school youth of Essex County. Services provided by the M.A.P. are not only program specific to the students and their families, but also serve as resources for the Child Study Team and University Middle School administration and staff. The services provide academic assistance, leadership, and community outreach programs. Supplemental programs that also serve as resources are uniform distribution, school supplies, and translation services in French, Creole, and Spanish. M.A.P. Program provides services that not only supports individual students but their families and communities as well. Community responses will support the concept that through the fostering of relationships, building of rapport, and the physical distribution of services and supplies, will result in Essex County receiving the mental, educational, and physical support that is needed. This will help to promote a continuation of growth, advancement, and success.

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