Bridging The Gap (BTG)

Submitted on Thursday, 01/09/2020 - 5:34 am

About Bridging the Gap 

BTG’s mission: work alongside young adults who experience mental health struggles, to build resilience by strengthening their connections, improving wellness and reducing barriers to success.

Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a community-based program that provides support to 16 – 24 year olds who struggle with mental health concerns (self- identified or diagnosed), and who experience barriers that impact their ability to be successful in important areas of their life. Individuals who we support, often feel isolated and may lack the resources to work toward their goals.

Who this Program Supports

Individuals served by Bridging the Gap:

  • are 16 – 24 years at the time of intake.
  • are not currently receiving supports/services through Persons With Developmental Disabilities (PDD) or Children’s Services (CS)
  • have the functional ability to be self- and goal-directed and to benefit from the cognitive-based milieu
  • those who require immediate stabilization or a more intensive intervention, may be directed to explore service options that are commensurate with their level of need.
  • are self-referred, meaning individuals are willing and wanting to participate in voluntary services. (see Accessibility)
  • may be considered for readmission (see Accessibility)

Our Approach

Services are delivered through a case management model and are customized and flexibly delivered based on the needs of the individual.  Supports may include education and skill-based teaching, assistance with accessing and participating in community and professional services, and emotional and practical support. By meeting the individual where they are at and customizing each individual’s plan, we are able to motivate and help move them towards success.

One of the primary interventions used at Bridging the Gap is DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills training which is provided in both individual and group formats. DBT is a well-researched treatment model that has proven to be beneficial within a variety of populations and therapeutic treatment settings.

DBT focuses on a variety of “change” and “acceptance” strategies and is grounded in mindfulness concepts. DBT skills support increased internal awareness and help individuals assess their personal goals, values and priorities in both the short and long term. These skills can build self-confidence, increase emotional flexibility and resilience, promote healthy relationships, and enhance effective problem solving skills. DBT skills are not only crisis management/survival skills, but are “life skills”.

Committed To Excellence

All staff at Bridging the Gap receive DBT Skills Training through Behavior Tech.

Staff also receive training in Trauma-informed Care.

How to Access the Program 

Bridging the Gap is a self- referral program. Individuals must contact the program directly via phone, to initiate a referral and complete a phone intake with the Intake Worker.

Referrals cannot be third-party, although members of the individual’s support network can call for information about the program (eligibility criteria, services, wait times etc.).

Bridging the Gap does tend to have a wait-list; once an individual reaches the top of the wait-list, the Intake Worker will arrange an in office intake meeting. During the meeting the individual learns more about the services offered, as well as what they can expect and what’s expected of them.

Program business hours are Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 pm, except on holidays.

The office location is downtown Calgary, near public transportation, and paid parking is available in the surrounding area.  If there are financial barriers, contact the program. Suite 420, 1509 Centre Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2G 2E6

Additional resources and crisis/community/mental services within Calgary

If this is an emergency call 911

Access Mental Health
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/findhealth/Service.aspx?id=2381&serviceAtFacilityID=1019446#contentStart

City of Calgary Transit 
City of Calgary Transit

Behavioral Tech
Behavioral Tech, LLC (DBT)

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