Brook Lane Health Services
Originally established in the 1940s by the Mennonite Central Committee, Brook Lane helps individuals improve their emotional and behavioral well-being through education and treatment with a variety of services, including inpatient and outpatient mental health, partial hospitalization and the Stone Bridge transitional care home.
For 19 years, Stone Bridge, a licensed facility, has helped children and adolescents going through an overwhelming life experience and having difficulty managing and expressing themselves who are placed in the program by the Department of Social Services. Stone Bridge currently offers services to 14 boys, girls and female adolescents. The staff at Stone Bridge provides a safe, caring and nurturing residential environment that supports the physical and emotional needs of the residents through therapy and medication management.
“We offer our residents individualized services,” said Ralph Hertges, director of residential services at Stone Bridge. “It takes a lot of people to see all the different parts of what needs to be done for a specific person here, but that’s how it has to be in order to help them with their experienced trauma.”
Brook Lane received a grant from the Community Foundation to implement a new program called SELF (Safety, Emotions, Loss & Future), which addresses the fundamental problems surrounding exposure to violence, trauma and abuse without focusing on the individual event within a group setting. It creates a shared language between the staff and each resident on how to speak about the trauma or experience. SELF provides a mechanism to process and create positive change in the child’s life.
Stone Bridge Therapist Callie Hildreth, LCSW-C, is trained in trauma-informed care and will educate the rest of the staff on the SELF program, which can be used by both clinical and non-clinical staff. “SELF provides the framework for residents and staff to be on the same page, using similar words to discuss the experienced trauma,” said Callie. “It minimizes the exposure to triggers for the child and gives them a safe place to help treat what happened to them.”