Youth Bridge Announces Merger with Springfield Company


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) – A non-profit is reaching across borders to find help for struggling kids and adults in our area.

The non-profit Youth Bridge has signed a letter of intent to merge with Burrell Behavior Health in Springfield, Missouri.

This means Youth Bridge will be able to help more kids by extending their services into Missouri and in turn, the Northwest Arkansas area will be able to benefit from the services that Burrell provides.

This includes things like counseling, addiction recovery, medication management, diagnostic testing and adult stabilization.

Youth Bridge President and CEO Darryl Rhoda said he’s been looking for a partner like this for years.

He said he found a solution to keep up with the rising demand of local children who need help, despite reduced state funding.

“These kids often, they’re not getting enough love. Whether it’s at home, school or they’re from broken homes or whatever. Every kid is different, but they’re all in need of something and we try to have a program or service that meets whatever specific need they do have,” said Rhoda. 

The two companies hope to announce a completed agreement by late April.

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