At WestBridge, we help men and their families recover from the effects of mental illness and substance use disorders. Without proper care, these disorders often disrupt a man’s ability to work, attend school, and stay generally engaged in his community. Successful treatment and ongoing support can restore these abilities and help participants achieve their personal goals.
International Peer Reviewed Professional Journal Publishes WestBridge Outcomes
Independent researchers at both Westat and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice found that integrated, evidence-based treatment can be effective for men with co-occurring disorders who did not benefit from prior treatment. The study analyzed participants at WestBridge who were most commonly diagnosed with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar I Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Polysubstance Use Disorder or Cannabis Use Disorder. Most had previously experienced multiple hospitalizations and treatment episodes, employment disruption, family distress, and legal involvement.
The study concluded that individuals who engaged in services for at least one year benefitted substantially and were in recovery across various domains, including: level of functioning, family relationship status, housing stability, educational and employment activities, and mental health and substance use disorder management. These factors are integrated into the WestBridge model of care. Treatment completion and family involvement were key components.
Ongoing Treatment Outcomes: Evidence Based Practices
WestBridge utilizes research-based treatment practices, the majority of which were developed by the Center for Evidence Based Practices at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. Every three years, Dartmouth evaluated the level at which our implementation of these treatment practices conformed to their science. WestBridge’s programs were reassessed in 2015, and we achieved high fidelity in all of our evidence-based practice areas. We continue to utilize our research-based outcomes reports on a quarterly basis to track and monitor our participant’s recovery. Outcomes graphs are updated and published publicly every three months.
In further recognition of the positive outcomes demonstrated in both our residential and outpatient programs, WestBridge has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This accreditation “represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization,” demonstrating that our programs and services are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.
In addition to our general accreditation, WestBridge has achieved “exemplary conformance” for several specific components of our treatment model, including our Family Education & Support Program (FES) and Meet & Greet Process. These rankings indicate that we have provided evidence-based practices and significantly exceeded the expectations of the CARF standard.
- The Staff are Truly Loving and Caring
“Our son’s progress is remarkable. For 10 years his future looked bleak. Now even he knows the future looks bright. This transformation in him could have never happened without WestBridge. I would like you know that the staff are truly loving and caring people. Their actions, deeds, and how they truly care, should be used as a standard in all facilities…”
– WestBridge ParentContinue reading →
- WestBridge Provided a Place for our Family to Recover and Grow into Possibilities that we had Desperately Prayed For.
Words can not convey the gratitude that we feel today for WestBridge. Our son showed early signs of mental instability at the age of 12. It was at that time that he was hospitalized for the first time. A definitive diagnosis could not be made at the time but his psychiatrist predicted that he would have a major psychiatric illness by the time that he reached adulthood. It was with that menacing portent that we headed into the future.
As a high-school graduate, our son was recruited by numerous universities. His college years were unsettled but he continued to do well academically and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors. He was accepted to a prestigious graduate school but by the end of his second year of school and in his early twenties, his life unraveled with a severe psychotic break which was worsened by the use of marijuana, alcohol, and numerous over-the-counter medications. Under the severe strain, our family was tested to its limit.
He was initially diagnosed as bipolar with severe anger issues and required two acute hospitalizations in an attempt to control his self-destructiveness. He was then diagnosed as schizoaffective and his mental state continued to deteriorate under the relentless use of drugs and the unwillingness to attain sobriety. It turned out that he had been using drugs and alcohol for six long years prior to his acute decline. Under these conditions, he was unable to continue his graduate studies.
In an attempt to seek help, we went in and out of psychiatric hospitals, residential facilities and dual treatment programs, unable to find the right clinical environment that could address his needs. He was finally expelled from a prestigious national program due to anger and self-control issues. It was there that we were told about WestBridge.
On the first day when our son walked into The Commons, he observed the environment and, to our amazement said: “I like this place. He sensed the care, love and commitment that the WestBridge family had toward the other residents and toward him. They were willing to listen, plan and individualize the care needed for each person. That was three months ago and we are now beginning to see a change in our son that we had all but given up hope was possible. It hasn’t always been easy or pleasant, but it has always been positive and encouraging.
We want to thank WestBridge and its staff for providing a safe and loving place for our family to recover and grow into possibilities that we had desperately prayed for. There is a national need for their services and we are pleased to have found them in the nick of time.”Continue reading →
~ WestBridge parent, Manchester, NH
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