Adjacent to Safe Harbour House, The Bridge provides long term supportive stays to clients who have reached a level of stability in their recovery but benefit from continuing support. The program is designed to continue the stabilization process and provide assistance with life skills and relearning independent living.
Access is through assessment by Nanaimo Mental Health and Substance Use Services. Clients at The Bridge are exclusively referred by Adult Community Support Services’ (ACSS) Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) and Community Support Team (CST).
The Bridge philosophy is based on five core principles:
- Full Island Health team partnership
- Professional kindness
- Bio-psychosocial-spiritual development
The Bridge is a registered assisted living program.
Capital funding and initial operating funding was provided by Service Canada. Ongoing operational funding is provided by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, Island Health, and donations and fundraising.
*Recovery at the Bridge is based on William A. Anthony’s definition. Dr. Anthony says that recovery is “a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills, and/or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with limitations caused by illness. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness.”