Support in Your Moment of Crisis

East Baton Rouge’s 24-Hour Crisis Center

You are not alone. The Bridge Center is ready to provide the crisis care you need any time, day or night. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you do not need a referral. Anyone aged 18 and up can seek care at our facility.

If you or someone you love is experiencing a mental health crisis, the Bridge Center can help.

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5,278

Total Guests Presentations

5,038

Total Guests Admitted

32

First Responder Escorts (2022)

68

Direct Entry (Walk-Ins) (2022)

54

Mental Health Services (2022)

45

Substance Use & Co-occurring Services (2022)

A Community in Need

The Bridge Center for Hope is the only adult crisis-receiving facility in East Baton Rouge Parish and Louisiana's first crisis-receiving center. We help those experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis.

The Bridge Center began with a vision for comprehensive crisis support for the people of East Baton Rouge Parish. When we took a deep look at our community, we saw thousands of people living with mental health and substance use challenges who were not getting the care they deserved. For many years people in crisis were being dropped off at already overcrowded emergency rooms and local jails, and we saw a great opportunity to better support people in crisis.

The Bridge Center for Hope, an independent nonprofit, is designed to be a short-term crisis stabilization center to treat individuals 18 years or older who are experiencing a mental health crisis and/or substance use challenge and who reside in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The center employs a “no wrong door” approach, meaning anyone who is experiencing a crisis is welcomed, whether they walk in, are escorted by loved ones, referred by a provider agency, or transferred by first responders or law enforcement. The Bridge Center for Hope is here to offer the care and comfort that individuals in crisis need.

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HOW WE HELP

We offer a range of crisis stabilization and crisis care services, including our crisis observation unit, a short-term psychiatric unit, and a withdrawal management and detoxification unit.

The Bridge Center partners with RI International (RI) to operate the facility. RI’s successful “Crisis Now” model, which is an evidence-based, nationally-endorsed approach to crisis care, prevents suicides, provides immediate help for those in distress, reduces the cost of care, and reduces the strain on emergency rooms, prisons, and law enforcement.

The Bridge Center for Hope operates six programs designed to provide short-term crisis intervention and care for those experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. Our care management team helps guests navigate outpatient services and connects them with the appropriate community resources post-discharge from the facility.


Who We Serve

The Bridge Center for Hope provides critical help to ALL individuals facing a mental health crisis in our community. We know that a mental health or substance use crisis can happen to anybody, which is why there are no barriers to accessing services at the Bridge Center. Our “no wrong door” approach means that you will receive the care you need, no matter how you arrive at our facility.

All individuals age 18 and older can receive services at the Bridge Center, regardless of their ability to pay. No one is turned away.

We provide much-needed mental health and substance use services to our community. Since our opening, we have helped over 4,000 receive the crisis care they so desperately need.

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