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Program Information
Program Name: Peer Bridger Project
Agency Name: NY Assoc. of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
Year the Program was Started: 1995
Public Contact Person: Tanya Stevens
Address: 1 Columbia Place
Albany, NY 12207
Telephone #: 518-436-0008
Fax #: 518-436-0044
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Peer Support, Other
Target Participants:
Persons on Inpatient Units
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: Over $400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: 20+
Volunteers: None
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: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available:
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: To increase linkages to a broad range of community-based services and natural supports. To increase involvement in an array of Peer Support meetings. To engage in uniquely personal, positive and supportive relationships with a peer .
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Outcomes for this program have been assessed. For the past three years, a participatory of the project has been prepared by Cheryl MacNeil, Ph.D. These annual evaluations include data gathered from the NYAPRS Peer Bridger teams and from individuals who have consented to participant focus groups. We also collect data on individuals who have consented on rates of rehospitalization pre and post having a Peer Bridger. Our most substantial finding to date is that while individuals are enrolled in the project, the need for rehospitalization decreases by 41%.
Program Mission Statement: Since 1995, the NYAPRS Peer Bridger Project has been working with individuals being discharged from NYS Psychiatric Centers in six counties (Albany, Ulster, Broome, Queens, Suffolk, and Westchester) to ease the transition out of the hospital and into real, natural, self-chosen communities and significantly decrease their need for readmission by increasing options.
Additional Information: Check NYAPRS website for what this organization believes in.

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