The Bridge Behavioral Health got its start more than 30 years ago when a group of civic-minded community members created Cornhusker Place – a nonprofit agency whose sole purpose was to deliver Civil Protective Custody program in our community. This safe, medically-supervised program provides an alternative to jail when chronic addiction or episodic alcohol abuse endangers lives. Staff in Protective Custody provides intervention, care coordination and education.
From this quiet beginning, The Bridge Behavioral Health has grown to become a comprehensive behavioral health service provider by offering residential treatment, medical withdrawal services, outpatient services, respite care and recovery support. In this effort, The Bridge conducts important local data collection, provides community education and partners with colleges, law enforcement, government and community organizations to impact substance use and abuse issues in our community.
1980-1982 After the decriminalization of public intoxication, the Civil Protective Custody program was operated by the city/county
1983 Cornhusker Place was granted nonprofit status and began operating Civil Protective Custody independently from the city and county
Long term treatment for chronically addicted males initiated
1985 Moved to current location
2000 Initiated a 5-Phase building remodeling project
2002 Started Short-Term Respite Program
2003 Closed on purchase of the building
Started Short-Term Treatment Program
2005 Started Single Room Occupancy Program (discontinued in 2008)
2006 Ended the remodeling project started in 2000 with 4 of the 5 projected phases completed*
Started Women’s Intermediate Residential Care Program (discontinued in 2007 due to lack of funder support)
2008 Started Family Care Program
2009 Started Domestic Violence Program
Rebranded to The Bridge at Cornhusker Place to better highlight treatment services
2010 Started Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program
2011 Achieved Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) certification
2012 Started 1st Annual Fundraising event
2014 Rebranded to The Bridge Behavioral Health
2015-16 Began a $1.5 Million Capital Campaign to fund a $3 Million remodel of the entire building.