Bridgeway’s Community Employment Services to Receive International Achievement Award
Earlier this week, Bridgeway was informed that they would be the recipient of the 2022 IPS Learning Community Achievement Award for their Community Employment Services. The IPS Learning Community Achievement Award is given to an IPS (Individual Placement and Support) site that has been part of the International IPS Learning Community for at least 2 years and has shown significant improvement in either the number of people who have received IPS or the number of people working in competitive jobs, relative to their context (e.g., rural sites, urban sites). This is an international award that signifies “best IPS site of the year.” Bridgeway was nominated for this award by the Illinois IPS Training team through the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health. Bridgeway’s Community Employment Services team has been very successful using the IPS Model, with 22 job starts in fiscal year 2020 and 28 job starts already for this fiscal year.
Community Employment is one of the cornerstones of Bridgeway's diverse array of services helping their consumers lead lives of dignity, independence and respect by obtaining competitive employment. Bridgeway partners with countless area employers to help clients find jobs. They place individuals in jobs of their choice and help them achieve their personal vision of recovery and rehabilitation.
There are unique characteristics that make Bridgeway stand out as a leader in the IPS Field in Illinois. Bridgeway is the only IPS Provider who has an Agency Vice President, Sandy Wood, who has been certified as a Community Provider Fidelity Reviewer and she has been a Review Team Member on a number of Fidelity Reviews around the state. Bridgeway has stepped forward and implemented IPS in areas of the state where the local Community Mental Health Center has chosen not to provide IPS – Bloomington, Pekin, and now Rockford. Bridgeway has uniquely used tele‐psych to provide some of their psychiatric and clinical assessment services for their consumers in remote areas, as well as utilized podcasts and audio‐video to assist with training and advertisement. Bridgeway also serves a large population of persons with developmental disabilities using the IPS Principles and has been referred to as a “pioneer” for their service expansion to all people with disabilities.
Bridgeway will be presented with this award at the Annual International IPS Meeting in Detroit, Michigan in May of this year.
Bridgeway Leaders Present at National Mental Health Corporations of America Conference
In March, Stacy Brown, Bridgeway’s Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, and President and CEO, Bill Nelson presented at the Mental Health Corporations of America winter conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Stacy and Bill were among four other organizations presenting for the conference’s Innovations Expo session with over 100 individuals in attendance representing mental health organizations across the country. The title of their presentation was, “Empowering your Community-Building a Recovery Oriented System of Care." The presentation highlighted the excellent work produced by Bridgeway’s ROSC in Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Knox, McDonough and Warren counties.
Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is person-centered and builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life for those with or at risk of alcohol and drug problems.
The ROSC Council identifies and addresses the needs of the recovery community and promotes infrastructure development, training and education, involvement of individuals with lived experience, and creating an integration of systems through local hospitals, mental health, law enforcement, local governments and policy makers. The ROSC Council informs, educates and empowers individuals and communities by expanding access to a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment and peer recovery support service options.