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.


Organizational History

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.