NYS is cutting Addiction & Mental Health Services
As the need for Mental Health & Addiction Services increases dramatically NYS is in the process of cutting the budgets of our agencies. Please take a minute to write or call your elected official and ask them to stop cutting Mental Health & Addiction Services budgets as it has an effect on our ability to care for people in need.
Please download the letter below if you choose to write your local representative.
You can also call your local reps if you like. You can find your reps easily by using the websites on the getting in touch page.
Friends Of Bridge, Inc. is a voluntary not-for-profit, community-based outpatient counseling center located in Valley Stream, New York. Established in 1970, services are provided for the residents of the South Shore of Nassau County and all of the surrounding areas.
Our focus is to assist individuals, their families and significant others whose lives have been impacted by substance abuse and dependency to begin a process of recovery and positive growth by:
- Helping our clients to achieve and maintain full abstinence.
- Maintaining a staff with specialized training to help clients suffering with co-occurring mental health disorders.
- Educating each individual about chemical dependency and other addictions.
- Empowering our clients and significant others to build a strong base in recovery, learning and using relapse prevention strategies.
- Assisting our clients in achieving and maintaining a healthy, responsible lifestyle.
We also allow clients to self-pay / Sliding scale payments are available for those at lower income levels. No one will be turned down due to an inability to pay.
Friends of Bridge, Inc. remains open as an essential service provider to serve our clients throughout the COVID-19 duration. During this time we have made several changes to protect both our employees and our clients.
We frequently disinfect common areas, provide avenues for hand washing/sanitizing, monitoring everyone within the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, telephone screen new clients prior to allowing them to enter our facility, and we’ve changed our counseling practices to avoid any chance of spread.
Upon entering the building all personnel will have their temperature checked using a non-invasive forehead scan thermometer to ensure that no one on site has a fever. It’s one more way we’re making sure that all of us are safe.
All of our groups have shifted to telehealth video/chat platforms wherein we can all better social distance from one another while still providing support to our clients.
Anyone requiring an intake will need to be able to successfully complete our phone screening process including the current CDC guidelines. Once complete intakes will be conducted via telephone or teleconference.
For the foreseeable future our Medical Director is available on-site for medication maintenance and inductions. Follow ups and screenings are completed via telehealth.
Please call if you have any questions: 516-825-4242
If you have a medical emergency, please go to the nearest emergency room.