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1-15-2019 Press Release

January 16, 2019

Recovery Coach Program Expands to NSMC Salem Hospital Bridgewell and North Shore Medical Center partner to provide 24/7 support for patients experiencing an overdose Peabody, Mass. – December, 2018 – Bridgewell, a nonprofit that provides social and human services, and North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), the largest medical provider on the North Shore, are pleased to announce the expansion of...

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State considers certifying peer recovery coaches

January 11, 2019

Recovery coaches are being deployed to emergency rooms, drug treatment centers and even courts to help opioid addicts get clean, but a lack of standards for the emerging profession means many private insurers are unwilling to pay for their services. Gov. Charlie Baker and other state leaders want to integrate peer recovery coaches more into the state's health care system by creating a process to license them.

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Boston Globe – North Informer

January 7, 2019

A program that helps overdose patients link to long-term recovery programs recently expanded to North Shore Medical Center. Bridgewell will make 10 recovery coaches available at Union Hospital in Lynn and Salem Hospital who understand addiction firsthand. Coaches respond immediately to the hospital to develop relationships with the patients and begin discussion options for treatment. The growth of the program follows the success of a similar 24/7 emergency response program in 2017 at Union Hospital.

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Kids Of Parents With Substance Use Disorder Could Need Years Of Therapy

January 7, 2019

They are the youngest victims of the nation’s drug crisis: children of parents with substance abuse disorders. They become more susceptible to long-term behavioral and mental health issues. Twelve-year-old Annie from Gloucester is just one example of what the impact can be. But she is also an example of how treatment can help some children heal. Originally published: 12/5/18.

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The Kelly J. Martin Center

January 2, 2019

On December 20, the Boston Street Center was dedicated and renamed The Kelly J. Martin Center, in recognition of Kelly’s long-standing commitment to Bridgewell and the people in our services. Moving forward, the programs in that building will now be called: Bridgewell’s Kelly J. Martin Day Habilitation Program and Bridgewell’s Kelly J. Martin Employment Program. Kelly began her career as...

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2019 Imagine the Possibilities Gala

January 1, 2019

March 15, 2019 Fairmont Copley Plaza, Back Bay The Imagine the Possibilities Gala provides critical financial support for Bridgewell’s important work. Evening includes a cocktail reception, plated dinner, auctions, as well as an opportunity to support Bridgewell’s mission.   Please to announce this year’s honoree:       Excellence in Service Award Posthumously honoring Kelly J. Martin  Bridgewell President &...

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Recovery coaches on the job at Salem Hospital

December 27, 2018

SALEM — Salem Hospital has joined the growing ranks of hospitals using recovery coaches to help overdose patients. The hospital now has nine recovery coaches available to respond immediately when someone comes into the emergency room with a drug overdose, with another soon to be hired.

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2018 – A Year of Evolution and Expansion

December 24, 2018

By Chris Tuttle, Interim Chief Executive Officer 2018 has been a year of change and growth for Bridgewell. As the new year approaches, I’d like to take a moment to reflect upon the formative events and moments that have shaped us all both personally and professionally, and share thoughts on where we’re headed in 2019. Over the last twelve months...

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Lynn: Bridgewell Renames Their Boston Street Center, The Kelly J. Martin Center

December 21, 2018

The legacy of Kelly J. Martin will live on after Bridgewell renamed its Boston Street Center in her honor. In August, Martin, Bridgewell’s former CEO, died peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones, according to her obituary. The non-profit organization, which she dedicated her life to for 35 years, held a dedication ceremony and unveiled “The Kelly J. Martin Center” sign in Lynn on Thursday.

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