Intensive Outpatient Afterschool Program

boyThe Intensive Outpatient Afterschool Program provides substance abuse therapy and programming to St. Louis County and St. Charles County youth between the ages of 13 and 19 who are referred from schools, juvenile/family court, physicians, family or self. The program operates at 3 locations in Olivette, West County, and St. Charles. Program hours are Monday – Thursday 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm during the school year and 10:00 am – 3:00 pm during the summer months at Camp Bridgeway. To get more information or to speak to a staff person please call 636.224.1300.


The Bridges to Success Intensive Outpatient Program takes a holistic approach to serving youth and their families. The treatment model is designed to fit busy schedules and provide a therapeutic yet fun atmosphere for teens during the most critical time of the day – afterschool. We know that working with teenagers requires an approach that is not only clinically sound but also fun and enriching. Beyond the clinical interventions that are so important to getting life back on track you will find a team of counselors who work hard to make sure every teen finds something they enjoy doing. Whether it’s fishing, painting murals, taking outings to local museums or canoeing on Creve Coeur Lake, BtS staff work to find something interesting for everyone. Recreation and fellowship building among peers is a powerful tool in the toolbox of wellness.

If you choose to bring your teenager to Bridgeway there are a few things to expect before they jump in. Counselors will work with teens and parents using evidence based tools to make sure they have a full and clear understanding of all of the presenting concerns. The first step is done using a comprehensive assessment which takes about 1.5 – 2 hours of your time to complete. This process is important because it’s critical to consider all factors so that each family gets care that is individualized to their specific needs.

The Assessment is used to evaluate 10 core areas:

  • Family history
  • Substance use
  • Physical health
  • Risk behaviors and disease prevention
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Environment and living situation
  • Strengths and supports
  • Educational strengths and deficits
  • Legal
  • Vocational

Post assessment, a comprehensive treatment plan is collaboratively developed with counselor, teenager and family. The frequency, intensity, and type of services needed are agreed upon and scheduled.

  • Group education and therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Family counseling
  • In-home family therapy
  • Educational assistance
  • Job readiness skills
  • Recreation activities
  • Collaboration with schools & juvenile justice staff
  • Career exploration and planning
  • Drug testing
  • Life skills training
  • Psychiatric services
  • Parent education group
  • Coordinated management services for healthcare
  • Transportation assistance (provided through additional funding sources)

In addition to the clinical treatment components the after-school programming dedicates time to providing teens with:

 Academic Support includes homework assistance, GED preparation and tutoring by a teacher collaborated through partnerships with the participating schools and remedial computer skills training.
Workforce Development activities include aptitude assessment, career development and job skills. This is done in collaboration with other community partners and BBH staff members who are trained and qualified to work with youth in this capacity. This involves bringing in speakers from the workforce, trade schools, colleges and other employment specialists. This allows us to provide opportunities for youth to explore career opportunities, skill development, and ideally link youth with job opportunities.

Services are individualized based on clients needs and preferences.

However services may vary by location.


Every teen who successfully completes our program is celebrated, beyond that, we make sure that when completing the program teens and families have a plan for connecting with community resources if they need them in the future. In this discharge plan we will highlight youth’s continuing goals for their life and provide a list with contact information of helpful resources that can provide support if needed.

After school programing is available at:

To contact one of these locations please contact 636.224.2400