THE BRIDGE CENTER FOR HOPE

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 deserve. 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 the first-ever adult crisis receiving facility in East Baton Rouge Parish and the State of Louisiana designed as 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 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 necessary care and comfort to individuals in crisis and expects to treat as many as 5,000 people each year.

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