To be the provider of choice for addiction, domestic violence, and sexual assault services in the region because of our commitment to service excellence.
Bridgeway Behavioral Health guarantees that every client we serve will leave our programs with the tools needed to make better choices and increase their opportunity for a happier, healthier, and more productive life.
Bridgeway Behavioral Health, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that was founded on February 14th, 1978 as Family Alcohol and Drug Counseling Services, Inc to serve clients in need of outpatient substance abuse treatment services. Soon after incorporation, the agency was contracted by the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ADA) to provide services which included substance abuse rehabilitation to women and their children living in the Eastern Missouri Region. In 1982 Bridgeway became a United Way member agency and in 1986 we opened a transitional housing facility in Winfield, MO which became the first Oxford House. At this time the agency also received its first contract from the Department of Public Safety to provide counseling services to battered women. The following year Bridgeway began its Residential Treatment Program for men. By 1997 the agency’s domestic violence programs expanded to Troy, MO and the following year the first battered women shelter opened in St. Charles County offering emergency and extended services to women in crisis.
Between 2001 and 2005, Bridgeway opened its Sexual Assault program which provided a Sexual Assault Response Team, added an Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment program in St. Charles County, MO, expanded its Adult Outpatient Services to Franklin, Lincoln, and Warren counties, and opened a Medical Detoxification center in the City of St. Louis. Partnerships with the St. Louis Mental Health Board and the Missouri Foundation for Health facilitated the initiative to begin focusing on evidence based treatment for individuals suffering from co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. In response to the need for co-occurring services, Bridgeway joined with many other community agencies in forming the Missouri Cadre for Co-Occurring Excellence. In 2010 the Cadre received the distinguished Science and Service Award from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. These awards were given to only 28 coalitions or organizations across the country to recognize exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions that have been shown to prevent and/or treat mental illnesses and substance abuse.
Bridgeway has grown into a multi-site, multi-service agency which focuses on providing compassionate care delivered by credentialed, experienced staff. The agency has 12 locations across the Eastern Missouri region with a diverse menu of services in urban, suburban, and rural locations. Since 2008, the agency has expanded its adolescent programming to include 3 new sites including The Farm, an extended stay day treatment program with supportive housing. In addition, Bridgeway has created partnerships with local community health centers, colleges, and community outreach agencies in which licensed staff are embedded within these community organizations to provide immediate access to treatment interventions. Bridgeway is a recognized leader in each of the communities it operates and is a proud partner of regional and national coalitions focused on improving the lives of those struggling with mental and behavioral health disorders. The history of Bridgeway exemplifies its experience and commitment to achieving its mission of giving people the tools they need to be happier, healthier and more productive.