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Mission & History

Our Mission

The Bridge Inc. is a nonprofit community-based organization that provides behavioral healthcare services designed to strengthen and support the family and promote the personal growth of children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.

We at The Bridge believe in equitable, stigma-free, culturally sensitive, holistic, and integrated healthcare. Our clinicians and staff are trained to meet their clients where they are and to advocate for them within and beyond the counseling relationship. Through mental health and substance use disorder counseling, in-home crisis intervention and family education services, and school-based services, we actively strive to break down barriers between our community and accessible care.

Our History

The late 1960s and early 1970s were a time of social unrest, political divisions, increasing mental health and substance use disorder problems, and troubling global events. John Clancy, a local entrepreneur and businessman, realized that young people needed care, guidance, and support in making sense of the days’ happenings as they transitioned from adolescence to adulthood. Along with his friends, Bill West and Jon Thompson, John turned this concern into action and founded The Bridge in 1971 in West Caldwell, NJ.

Throughout the past five decades, The Bridge has evolved, innovated, and expanded to meet the changing needs of our community. What has not changed is an unwavering commitment to our clients – the children, adolescents, adults, and families we serve. As people have struggled to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, troubling global events, disrupted routines, and pressures from social media, the need for The Bridge’s services has grown tremendously in recent years. Our team works hard every day to help clients overcome these challenges and improve the lives of individuals in our community. You talk, we listen, and together we find a solution.

Our Programs

Outpatient Mental Health Services:
Highly trained and licensed clinicians provide culturally-sensitive, stigma-free, and compassionate individual and group counseling for both children and adults to address mental health and family life issues. Much of our work focuses on helping individuals and families cope with the ever-present pressures of modern life, including the specific anxiety, depression, grief and more caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Substance Use Disorder Services:
The Outpatient Program provides concentrated group and individual counseling for adults and adolescents suffering from substance use disorder in West Caldwell and Irvington. All substance use programs help individuals heal while providing tools to avoid recurrence. We offer both Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) services.
The Imani Center:
Provides individual, group, and family therapy for mental health and substance use disorder, community service projects, academic and career counseling, and other services designed to help Irvington High School and Middle School students build life skills, strength, and resiliency and responds to emerging needs in the community. The Imani Center has been serving the Irvington, NJ community for more than 30 years and is located at Irvington High School.
Family Preservation Services:
An intensive, in-home crisis intervention and family education program for families whose children are at risk of abuse, neglect, or out-of-home placement, and for families preparing to be reunified with their children. FPS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families by cell phone. The Division of Child Protection & Permanency makes all referrals to the FPS program. If you know of a child in danger, please call 1-877-NJABUSE (1-877-652-2873) and 911.
Caldwell-West Caldwell School-Based Programs:
Building on an existing 45-year partnership between The Bridge and the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District, The Bridge provides mental health and substance use disorder education and support for the district’s middle school students.