Over 150 staff, consumers and supporters attended a groundbreaking ceremony on May 12th in Marina for the new Bridge House facility. The expanded facility will become the new home of the Bridge House program in the spring of 2018.
Bridge House provides residential treatment for people with both a mental illness and a substance use disorder (dual-diagnosis).
Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker, Marina Mayor Pro Tem David Brown, and others came to voice their support for the phenomenal work Interim has done in creating housing and expanding services for people with mental illnesses over the past 40 years. Representatives of key project partners like Monterey County Behavioral Health and the Central California Alliance for Health (CCAH) also attended.
Expanded treatment services for people with a mental illness and a substance use disorder can’t come soon enough. Alan McKay, Chief Executive Officer of the Central California Alliance for Health (CCAH), which manages Medi-Cal insurance health plans for Monterey, Santa Cruz and Merced Counties, noted that “8% of Alliance members account for 75% of costs. Among those 8%, 70% have either a behavioral health or substance use disorder, or both, along with other chronic medical conditions.” Successful treatment programs serving dual-diagnosis individuals save the public health system a lot of money in the long run. Ultimately, expanding treatment, and affordable housing options for this population is a good community investment.
CCAH awarded Interim a $2.5 million grant to support this project. The new Bridge House facility is also being supported by the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (loan), the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Harden Foundation and other community donors. To date, we have raised $3,750,000 of our total project cost of $4,134,000, leaving us with $384,000 in remaining need. Wald, Ruhnke and Dost provided architectural design services for this project. Avila Construction is the general contractor.
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