The Bridge Behavioral Health started in 1984 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
  • 1984
    • 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