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Celebrating Our 50 Year History

In 1968, the Mental Health Association was operating an important psychiatric rehabilitation program which focused on providing persons served with daily activities aimed at vocational goals and personal fulfillment. The program became an independent service for people experiencing mental illness in Union County, and Bridgeway was born! Originally called Bridgeway House, the program operated out of one building at 615 N. Broad St. in Elizabeth, which is still our headquarters 50 years later. As Bridgeway House, we served 100-200 people.

By the time our organizational name changed to Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services in 1979, services offered by Bridgeway had expanded to include community and home based care, supported employment and supportive housing. Over the years, as Bridgeway’s reputation for excellence and evidence-based practices became apparent to the NJ Department of Mental Health (which later merged with Addiction Services to become DMHAS) we became the preferred provider of services in our region to satisfy New Jersey’s Olmstead Agreement - to place and support all appropriate persons who previously were treated in state hospitals for mental illness, but had the potential to thrive in their communities.

As we celebrate 50 years of delivering the highest quality psychiatric rehabilitation services in eleven counties in central and northern NJ, we also celebrate the thousands of success stories of people who have learned to manage their mental illness and lead happy, fulfilled lives. We celebrate our current ability to serve more than 2000 individuals each year. We also celebrate an ever-growing portfolio of programs and services customized to treat people who need care in the ways that they choose, each on their individual journeys towards recovery.

Please plan to join us at the culminating celebration – 50th Anniversary Chairman’s Dinner, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. KEAN University STEM Building. Ticket and Sponsorship information to be announced.