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Monday, 26 June 2017

Community Bridging

Many of us have had the experience of coming home from a psychiatric hospitalization, feeling isolated and struggling to connect or reconnect to life out of the hospital.

Have you ever thought about what would have made the transition back into the community easier?

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The Western Mass RLC now has funding for ‘Community Bridger’ roles to ease the transition from hospital back to community for those who would like additional support during that process.

This support can look different based on the people involved. Some examples of what this support could be include (but are not limited to):

  • Information about your rights while still in the hospital or after you've left
  • Advocacy and support getting your voice heard
  • Going out for a cup of coffee together
  • Support at a meeting or appointment
  • Brainstorming and thinking through next steps
  • Support with paperwork and steps necessary for food stamps, social security, paying bills and beyond
  • Exploring local resources

This support is free and no referral or insurance is required.

Currently, we are focusing on supporting people transitioning out of hospitals in Holyoke, Springfield, Greenfield and Northampton, but don’t hesitate to call us even if you are transitioning out of a hospital in a different area. We will do our best to partner with you to find resources in your area.

If you or someone you know is interested in connecting with a Community Bridger or have questions regarding Community Bridging you can call 413.539.5941 x 334.

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