Bridger Outreach

Peer support programs provide an opportunity for people with lived mental health experience who have achieved significant recovery to assist others in their recovery journeys. 

As such, MHA Recovery Coaches perform outreach at Putnam Hospital for individuals receiving mental health services in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Bridgers also perform outreach for inmates at Putnam County Correctional Facility with mental health needs.

Bridgers model recovery, teach skills and offer supports to help people reconnect with hope.  Bridgers ease the transition from acute inpatient and outpatient settings to community care, and beyond.  Bridgers assist in locating mental health and substance use supports, housing, employment, transportation and other resources customers need to continue their recovery journey in community based settings.  Bridgers also aid in system navigation.

Recovery coaches are people who use their experience of recovery from mental health and substance use disorders to support others in recovery. Their lived experiences put them in a unique position to offer support.