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Building Bridges

The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) focuses on practices and funding strategies that result in better treatment outcomes in psychiatric residential treatment facilities and sustained positive outcomes post residential discharge.  

BBI includes strategies such as reducing the use of level systems, reducing the use of restraints and seclusion, strategies to actively engage parents and families in residential services, strategies to build family support systems during residential care, and best practices for collaboration between community providers and residential treatment facilities to support a seamless transition from treatment to being in the community.  Different consultants support and coach about BBI principles, based on the identified needs and the experts best suited to provide that expertise.

Overall Goals of BBI
To provide state agency staff, residential and community provider leaders, family and youth advocates, and families and youth touched by residential interventions and their community counterparts with:

  • Education, consultation and training about promising, best, evidence-informed and evidence-based practices that support sustained positive outcomes for youth and families who use residential interventions;
  • Education, consultation and training about transformational culture change from traditional residential approaches to approaches consistent with achieving long-term positive outcomes for youth and families who use residential interventions and
  • Information and consultation about business practices that support residential leaders in transforming their programs from depending on largely traditional residential programming to providing an array of services and supports that maintain fiscal integrity and ensure better outcomes for youth and families served.

Goals for BBI Services for South Carolina’s Two Year Contract Period

  1. Improved regulations, contracting, and licensing specific to PRTFs best practices.
  2. Consultation on critical measures for state agency and residential program data systems and data analysis.
  3. A number of residential programs will make improvements in program practices – in areas of family-driven, youth-guided and trauma-informed practices.
  4. State agency and residential leaders will become champions of best practices towards sustained positive outcomes for youth and families receiving residential interventions. 
  5. A minimum of one or two pilots will occur where specific residential program(s) work with the state agencies to provide residential interventions in a manner more consistent with best practices towards sustained positive outcomes.
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