Youth Bridge is Northwest Arkansas' leading provider of comprehensive care to troubled teens and their families. We provide outpatient therapy and counseling, residential substance abuse treatment, emergency shelters, academic and social support, a therapeutic group home for teens involved in the juvenile justice system and a transitional living program for homeless young adults. Each year Youth Bridge serves more than a thousand teens and their families from an eight-county area in Northwest and North Central Arkansas.
By providing one-on-one professional attention, Youth Bridge is giving area young people the confidence, education and interpersonal skills that they need to face today's problems and tomorrow's challenges.
"Helping at-risk youth and their families build brighter futures" is our mission that guides us in the development of impactful programs aimed at strengthening relationships between youth, families, and the community.
Youth Bridge is a non-profit for impact agency that serves teens and their families in the areas of abuse, neglect, addiction, homelessness, mental health issues and behavioral problems. Our services range anywhere from providing an immediate safe haven, to individualized treatment plans, aftercare and support, prevention programs to offering transitional living. For over 45 years, we have provided affordable, safe, supportive, and empowering services so that teens and their families can resolve their crisis.
Programs & Services
Youth Bridge is a non-profit, for impact agency that serves teens and their families in the areas of abuse, neglect, addiction, homelessness, mental health issues and behavioral problems. We do this through outptient, residential, outreach and emergency services.
Youth Bridge serves an eight-county area in Northwest and North Central Arkansas- Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton and Washington.
Youth Bridge is the only agency in the State of Arkansas that runs a RHY (runaway/homeless youth) transitional living program for youth; and is the only not-for-profit agency for court appointed community based services; is one of three agencies in the State that provides substance abuse treatment and services to youth; and is the only DYS agency in the state that has a substance abuse residential program for youth. It is acclaimed as one of the leading providers of residential and outpatient treatment programs in the State for substance abuse.
To meet the needs of at-risk youth in the community, Youth Bridge provides:
- Residential beds for up to 26 young men with substance abuse problems
- An emergency shelter that can accommodate up to 24 youth in Benton County
- One Transitional Living Program in a group home setting accommodating eight young ladies 16-17 years of age
- One Transitional Living Program in a group home setting for young adults between the ages of 18-22 years
- One Transitional Living Program in apartments for young adults/young families between the ages of 18-22
- A group "foster home" for young ladies in the Department of Children and Family Services system
- Outpatient substance abuse treatment for nearly 200 youth and their families a year
- Intensive Substance Abuse counseling for drug court recipients in Benton and Washington Counties
- Targeted Case Management services to more than 1100 youth
- Youth services totaling over 500,000 hours a year
- Outreach and prevention programs (Last year it totaled 91 for over 9000 people in attendance)
- Community based services such as anger management, life skills groups, parenting and community work supervision (Last year it totaled to serving over 300 youth and involved more than 7500 hours of time)
Academic & Social Support Services
Academic and social support services are available to both residential and outpatient clients. Some elements of this program include tutoring, mentoring, and social and life skills education. Youth Bridge offers two state certified classrooms where residential clients can earn their high school diploma, GED or even college credit.
The clinical treatment program includes evaluation and diagnosis, residential and outpatient counseling, family counseling, substance abuse counseling, group counseling, and drug screens.
Behavioral Management Intervention
Behavioral management interventions allow Youth Bridge case managers to conduct both electronic and non-electronic compliance monitoring of high-risk clients, as well as community service supervision. Electronic monitoring is typically court-ordered, and requires the youth to wear an ankle bracelet for tracking. Non-electronic monitoring includes intense supervision of outpatient clients by their assigned case managers.
Residential services include two emergency shelters, the state's first Division of Youth Services (DYS) residential substance abuse treatment center for teens, a therapeutic group home for adjudicated males, and a transitional living program for homeless young adults. Programs vary in intensity and duration depending on the needs of each client and their diagnosed treatment.
After completion of a DYS mandated program, clients are referred to Youth Bridge for the development of an aftercare plan. Aftercare exists to ensure that clients have the best opportunity possible to reintegrate into society and refrain from detrimental behavior.
Transitional Living Programs (TLP)
TLP serves a mixed gender population of homeless people between the ages of 18 and 22 who have no support network/system, and/or the education, skills and economic resources necessary to reach self-sufficiency. This program is for young adults who have agreed to work towards acquiring skills that will allow them to live successfully on their own while becoming positive members of society.