Information for Health Professionals
The Bridge Program operates within a stepped care model of treatment. The first stage in this model is a conversation between you and your client about starting their recovery journey at any of the four identified phases of treatment – Intervention, Stablisation, Rehabilitation (intensive supports), and Maintenance. Following this, your client can be referred to us for a comprehensive assessment.
The Bridge Program Intake and Assessment Procedures have been developed on these four phases of care.
At this critical early stage of seeking help, people can often be in crisis. Before referring your client to us, you may need to triage your client’s distress by addressing immediate concerns including suicidality, mental health, or risk of homelessness.
Four Phases of Care
- Book client referral and assessment
- Conduct assessment
- Brief interventions
- Provide harm minimisation information
- Strengthen motivation for change through MET
- Contact client weekly, while waiting for allocation
- Stabilise – address barriers to treatment, health and welfare needs
- Identify Stage of Change
- Develop pre-program treatment plan
- Refer for Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment if required
- Refer for physical health assessment if required
- Initiate case management
- Increase motivation for treatment
- Book detox
- Establish therapeutic relationship
- Negotiate and clarify goals for change
- Develop change plan (Individual Treatment Plan)
- Assess strengths and resources
- Identify and involve family support/network
- Address most pressing problems
- Increase motivation for change
- Assist in developing strategies
- Develop maintenance plans
- Facilitate access and entry to Phase Four
- Support motivation for maintenance of change
- Negotiate and clarify roles
- Implement maintenance plan
- Continue case management, access to services
- Establish and maintain rewarding drug-free relationships and activities
- Facilitate spiritual development
- Maintain mutual help group involvements
Referring Clients to the Bridge Program
You can refer clients to the Bridge at any time.
The intensity of treatment for each person within the program will depend on many factors, including:
- the complexity of the client’s situation
- the client’s protective and risk factors
- the stage of change that the individual has reached
- the person’s motivation for change.
All clients seeking admission to the Bridge Program must undergo a comprehensive assessment process, so we can match them to the most suitable services for their situation.
Admission to the Bridge Program is subject to a set of minimum requirements, which are considered on a case-by-case basis. Our Referring Agency Checklist describes these requirements in detail, and the interventions that you as the referrer may need to address.
Some clients may need all of these interventions, while others may not require any.
The assessment process includes:
- The client’s MMS score must be
- People with a personality disorder must have a management plan in place.
- All diagnosed conditions must be stabilised, with appropriate medication and/or therapies in place.
- Suicide ideation must be assessed and a plan put in place, with the assistance of a psychologist.
- All diagnosed conditions should be documented and stabilised with medication.
- A physical assessment should be completed for any undiagnosed conditions.
Stage of change
- It is preferable that clients are in the contemplative stage of change, however, this will depend on the complexity and severity of each person’s needs. This will be discussed during the admission process.
You can help prepare your client for treatment by:
- Identifying, or discussing with your client, which interventions from the checklist are most appropriate for their situation (treatment matching).
- Identifying any barriers to treatment (risk factors), such as homelessness, legal issues, relationship issues, mental health issues, or suicide risk.
- Identifying any protective factors or strengths that will increase your client’s motivation and confidence for change.
- Commencing case management treatment plans for any identified risks.
View our Referring Agency Checklist here.
THE BRIDGE PROGRAM REFERRING AGENCY CHECKLIST FOR (RESIDENTIAL OR DAY PROGRAM ADMISSION
|BARRIER TO TREATMENT/RISK||BRIDGE PRE-ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS||SUGGESTED REFERRING AGENCY ACTIONS|
|Mental health issues (diagnosed or undiagnosed||
||Refer to GP for assessment and medication as required|
||Obtain copy of pending court dates and other documents (legal appointments, bail and parole conditions, Family Violence Orders|
|Anger management / distress intolerance / history of violence or aggressive behaviour||
||Refer to, or confirm current participation in, anger management sessions or groups|
For more information, please contact us.