NewBridge’s addiction services emphasize awareness and prevention through programs tailored for children, parents and educators. NewBridge provides evaluations, treatments and referrals for teenagers through seniors. In the late 1980s, NewBridge became a pioneer in treating mental illness and substance abuse together. Recognizing that many people with mental illness also had an addiction, NewBridge developed a screening process to identify clients with both, and provided training in addiction treatment to its mental health counselors. NewBridge provides employees training and supervision leading to dual licensing. It created a model for integrating addiction and mental health treatment at little expense, providing tools and resources which other agencies could replicate. NewBridge’s co-occurring program received national recognition in 2010.

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