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Program Information
Program Name: BRIDGES (Building Recovery of Dreams and Goals through Education and Support)
Agency Name: Mental Health Association of Greater St. Louis
Year the Program was Started: 1996
Public Contact Person: Ramona Taylor
Address: 1905 S. Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63104
Telephone #: 314-773-1399
Fax #: 314-773-5930
Email Address:
Program Category: Peer Support, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: $70,000-$100,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: 20+
Volunteers: 5-10
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Some
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: To provide an understanding of recovery from mental illness. To provide understanding of mental illness. To provide a safe place to discuss feelings. To reduce the stigma of mental illness. To provide mental health treatment and how to make it work for us. To provide tools for the road to recovery.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Additional Information: BRIDGES is a self-help program that provides education and support to mental health consumers. It is available to adults who have a diagnosis of mental illness. It is also cost free for anyone to participate. Courses offer detailed information on mental illness, mental health treatment, self-help skills and the philosphy of recovery. The goal is to empower students to take an active role in their treatment and recovery. We also take qualified students and train them to become BRIDGES teachers and facilitators for the support groups.

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