What is REACH?

Bridgeport Hospital’s REACH Program is an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

The REACH Program provides intake assessments, medication management, group therapy, case management and after care planning.

REACH is located at 305 Boston Avenue in Stratford. For more information about our services, call 203-384-3377, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Bridgeport Hospital’s Adult REACH Program offers intensive outpatient treatment for adults with psychiatric and/or substance abuse problems. The intensive services may prevent the need for hospitalization or provide a transition from an inpatient setting.

Who May Need Our Help?

Adults who exhibit the following symptoms may benefit from treatment:

  • depression or social isolation
  • loss of motivation or energy
  • appetite or sleep disturbance
  • suicidal thoughts
  • restlessness or agitation
  • difficulty managing anger
  • mood swings
  • paranoia or suspiciousness
  • delusional thoughts
  • auditory or visual hallucinations
  • anxiety and panic
  • concentration or memory problems
  • depression and anxiety due to serious prolonged illness
  • alcohol, drug or medication abuse

Intensive-Outpatient (IOP) Programs

In the Intensive-Outpatient Program (IOP), patients are seen three to four times per week,
10:00 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. Patients are placed in one of four different tracks designed specifically for their individual needs.

Acute Track

  • a brief period of treatment (four to six weeks) or a transition from inpatient hospitalization to prevent hospitalization
  • insight-oriented group therapy
  • skill-building groups – cognitive behavioral therapy to improve management of symptoms and stressors
  • education provided regarding diagnosis and medication to ensure compliance and stabilization
  • psychopharmacological management of illness with initial and ongoing medical evaluations throughout treatment

Dual Track

For patients with co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.

  • daily toxicology screening
  • supportive group therapy
  • coping skills focusing on relaxation and mindfulness
  • relapse prevention
  • addiction education
  • weekly Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups
  • development of outside supporters (sponsors)

Focus Track

Supportive group therapy for the chronically mentally ill.

  • education about diagnosis, symptoms and importance of medication compliance
  • groups related to relapse prevention, social skills, stress reduction and symptom management
  • connects clients with community agencies that assist with vocational, educational and housing needs

Older Adult Track

This track is for those facing the mental health issues that often come as we grow older. Treatments include group and family therapy.

  • skill building programs to manage depression and anxiety
  • education provided regarding diagnosis and medication to ensure compliance and stabilization
  • empowerment and self-esteem building skills
  • skills to adapt to change-of-life issues and bereavement

Medication Management

For those who need ongoing medication monitoring. These are typically 15-minute visits with a focus on psychopharmacology. Clients are encouraged to have additional support in place as these are not individual therapy appointments.

Our Staff

Treatment is provided by a team that includes a board-certified psychiatrist, psychiatric nurses, social workers, activity therapists, substance abuse counselors and support staff. Additionally, as part of Bridgeport Hospital the REACH Program has ready access to a range of specialists.

How to Access the Program

Patients may be referred to the Adult Program by physicians or other healthcare professionals or programs. Self-referrals and family referrals are also encouraged.

For more information, please call 203-384-3377, 8:30-5:00 pm and ask for the Adult Program Coordinator.

Insurance

The REACH Adult Program is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans.