The Bridge provides extensive programming for adults who are diagnosed with a mental illness and are looking to enter or re-enter the workforce.
The Bridge's vocational services model is Individual Placement and Support (IPS), an OMH-supported approach that is a federally recognized Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) for Persons with Mental Illness.
The major components of the IPS model are rapid job search, attention to consumer preferences, and continuous and comprehensive assessment with time-unlimited support services—the goal being competitive employment, with or without supports, in an integrated setting in the community.
The Bridge provides services and support for clients throughout each phase of the job search process. Services include:
Career Exploration Groups
Individual Vocational Counseling
Referral to Job Training/Education Programs
Job Search Support, including:
Job Placement Assistance
Ongoing Post-Placement Support
Workplace Experience Program
For those looking to build employment-related skills in a supportive environment, The Bridge's Workplace Experience Program allows clients to receive training and gain experience in a variety of fields, including culinary arts, horticulture, mail room and delivery services, and reception.
Ticket to Work and ACCES-VR
The Bridge is an authorized contractor with Social Security's Ticket to Work program, which assists SSI and SSD beneficiaries between the ages of 18 and 64 who are looking to enter or re-enter the workforce.
The Bridge is also a service provider for ACCES-VR, New York State's vocational service division for people with disabilities.
To participate in The Bridge's Vocational Services Program, a person must have one of the following:
- Enrollment in The Bridge's PROS program or Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment program
- Referral by ACCES-VR
- Ticket from the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Program.
For more information, please contact us at 212-663-3000 x1413 or VocationalServices@thebridgeny.org.