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Treatment & Services

Programs at The BridgeWay

Every day, millions of people suffer from diagnosable mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic and trauma. Left untreated, these illnesses can create a degree of disability that interferes with relationships, employment, education and everyday life. Since 1983, The BridgeWay has provided behavioral healthcare services to our surrounding communities.

Our programs are designed to give each patient individualized care to gain the specific education and skills needed to manage their symptoms, resolve problems, recognize life stressors and effectively cope with their condition. The BridgeWay is the only psychiatric hospital in Arkansas with distinct programs for children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

Core Components of Our Programs

  • Medical and psychological evaluation
  • Direction of a board-certified psychiatrist
  • Individualized treatment plan
  • 24-hour nursing care
  • Medication management and education (as needed)
  • Structured daily clinical program
  • Group and family therapy
  • Scheduled visitation
  • Recreational therapy
  • Coping and life skill training
  • Discharge planning

Services for Children

The child acute program serves children, ages 4 through 12 years, who require immediate stabilization for a mental health crisis. We offer this short-term program in a secure and structured environment. The program is intended to stabilize the child’s behavior so he or she can lead a productive life at home and school. This treatment option includes our on-site education program certified by Pulaski County Special School District.

Services for Adolescents

We offer two programs for adolescents, ages 13 through 17. The acute program serves adolescents who require immediate stabilization for a mental health crisis with an average length of stay of seven days. The residential treatment center serves adolescents with emotional or behavioral problems with a length of stay between four and six months.

The goal of adolescent treatment is to stabilize the adolescent’s behavior so he or she can return to the community with new coping skills. Both treatment options offer a secure environment and our on-site education program, which is certified by Pulaski County Special School District

Services for Adults with Thought Disorders

We offer acute inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for adults, age 18 and older, who have been diagnosed with a thought disorder. These programs treat psychotic, out-of-control or disorganized behavior and diagnoses such as chronic schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, psychosis, paranoia and substance abuse. These programs are overseen by a physician.

Services for Adults with Mood Disorders

For adults who experience mood disorders, we offer inpatient treatment, PHP and IOP. These programs treat depression and anxiety disorders, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, mania, adjustment disorder, impulse control disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders (mood disorder and substance abuse).

Services for Adults with Substance Abuse Issues

We offer acute inpatient treatment, PHP and IOP for adults who struggle with substance abuse. Directed by an experienced psychiatrist, these programs address dependence to alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, maternal addiction, opiates and spice (synthetic marijuana). The programs may include yoga, pet-assisted therapy and drug testing.

Services for Seniors

For adults, age 55 and older, who struggle with mental health issues, we offer inpatient treatment, PHP and IOP. These programs treat older adults with mood, thought or substance abuse disorders.

Electroconvulsive Therapy for Adults (ECT)

The electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) clinic provides adult patients with a treatment option for symptoms of various treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders. ECT can help severely depressed patients when medications have been unsuccessful. We offer ECT on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

There are risks associated with any treatment procedure and individual results may vary. Please consult the dedicated professionals within the ECT program at The BridgeWay to assess if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Our medical staff will also consult with you on the risks and benefits of ECT treatment if you are a suitable candidate.

We’re Just a Phone Call Away

We cannot offer a diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online. We offer confidential assessments at no-cost on-site or through mobile services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please call 800-245-0011. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.