Since its founding 49 years ago, Bridgeway has provided services to adults who are facing multiple challenges that are prevalent in people with serious and persistent mental illness.
Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services orginated as Bridgeway House in 1970; incorporated as a 501(c)3 in Union County, New Jersey, on May 17, 1979. Bridgeway's first home, located at 615 N. Broad Street in the city of Elizabeth, was a former general practitioner's joint residence and practice. "Six-Fifteen" as it is now affectionately referred to originally housed administrative staff, clinical staff, counseling space, and a Partial Care Day Rehabilitation program from Monday through Friday. In 1970, Bridgeway served 100 people. Back then, many people spent months and years in psychiatric institutions because there were no options for people with mental illness who had the potential to follow a recovery plan, and thrive in their own communities with varying levels of support.
Today, Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, Inc. is recognized as a state-wide leader in psychiatric rehabilitation serving 2,400 people at 19 locations across 11 counties in Central and Northern New Jersey. Bridgeway's Bridge to Wellness primary care program offers exam rooms in 3 locations where mental health care and primary medical care, delivered as integrated care, will become the standard. In 2017 Bridgeway adds mobile psychiatric emergency screening in Somerset County to its list of services. Bridgeway has grown to employ more than 330 mental health and wellness professionals who exemplify Bridgeway's principles in practice 24/7.