Submitted by Lisa Giannascoli, Director of Marketing and Development
In January 2010, the Community Support Team (CST), a division of Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, opened its doors, and since September of 2012 have operated at 93 Stickles Pond Rd. in Newton. For the past 10 years, Bridgeway CST has offered Community Support Services (Supportive Housing); Integrated Case Management Services; Homeless Outreach Case Management; Employment/Career Services; and Partial Care programming. Bridgeway’s mission is to promote, and foster recovery from mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Bridgeway inspires and supports individuals to become productive citizens who are fully engaged in their communities by creating opportunities for wellness, independent living, learning and working and social inclusion.
One CST program, Partial Care, is particularly focused on fostering social inclusion for individuals for whom isolation and loneliness present a serious health risk. Partial Care is a day rehabilitation program, founded in a membership philosophy, available to adults aged 18 and over who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. What the staff at Partial Care know is that creating social network interventions is a critical part of helping someone recover from a mental health crisis. What they know from research is that social isolation can interfere in everyday functioning. It can disrupt sleep patterns, impede focus, and affect both logical and verbal reasoning. For those who are at high risk, social isolation can result in cognitive decline, depression, neuroticism, hallucinations, and the onset of dementia.
To help members combat isolation and loneliness, the staff at Partial Care along with staff from GoMo Health, a virtual behavioral health provider, created the Every Day Matters program. Every Day Matters delivers care messages by text when program participants are most vulnerable: when home, away from services and supports, and alone with their thoughts. The messaging comes in the morning, before they come to Partial Care, and again in the evenings, when feeling isolated can prompt behaviors that will hinder recovery. Care messages are composed by staff and members together. Some care messages offer inspiration, some suggest healthy activities, some offer uplifting quotes, and others offer links to stories, songs, prayers, and jokes. Members at Partial Care receive the same care messages in the evenings. Sharing the experience of receiving these messages has resulted in animated conversations and new connections among members at Partial Care.
Ron Allen, Partial Care Team Leader, has observed that there is “much more community involvement outside of program,” among members since the implementation of the Every Day Matters program.
Helise, a graduate of Partial Care, gave an on-camera interview about the program. She said, “when I get those messages, I feel very connected.” Helise’s words are a testament to the value of social inclusion and fostering connections to the program as well as to those attending it. The Every Day Matters program is a testament to Bridgeway’s commitment to its members, staff, and mission. Please go to Bridgeway’s website www.bridgewayrehab.org and click on the Youtube icon to view the video titled Finding Peace, and hear Helise’s story in her own words.
For more information about Every Day Matters, and the whole menu of GoMo Health programs, please visit GoMo Health www.gomohealth.com
Bob Gold and GoMo Health will receive the Distinguished Life Impact Partner of the Year Award at Bridgeway’s annual Chairperson’s Dinner on April 22, 2020, 6:00 PM, Kean University Stem Building, Union, NJ. Please go to www.bridgewayrehab.org/events.html for more information.
Contact Bridgeway CST, 93 Stickles Pond Rd., Newton at 973-383-8670
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