Contact: Dan Doyle
April 3, 2012
MILFORD—A passionate supporter of Bridges Milford, State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) celebrated today’s groundbreaking on the Moses M. Malkin Center as good news for the thousands of families who seek behavioral health and substance abuse services from the nonprofit.
“There is nothing more heartbreaking than when someone suffers from a mental health illness or addiction problems,” Sen. Slossberg said. “Bridges is a place where people can come to get help and find hope. It’s a lifeline for families, especially in these hard economic times when so many people are struggling to get by. These days it is more important than ever to have places in the community where people who need help can feel welcome.”
“We are thrilled to begin the work to expand Bridges,” said Barry Kasdan, president and CEO of Bridges. “This project is vital to our ability to serve the increasing number of clients each year who come to Bridges for help in recovering from mental health and addiction problems. We are grateful to our local legislators, Governor Malloy and Senator Gayle Slossberg for ensuring that funds remained in the state budget and were allocated to help us move ahead with construction at this time.”
In 2011, Bridges served more than 7,000 mostly low-income clients through its prevention, mental health and addiction recovery programs. One fifth of Bridges’ clients are children. The project involves expanding and renovating the current Bridges facility on Bridgeport Avenue in Milford to respond to a significant increase in clients seeking services at the clinic.
The long-term goal is for Bridges to become a “health care home” that serves as a centralized location for mental health and substance abuse services, wellness forums and primary medical care. Bridges serves people in Milford, Orange, West Haven and surrounding towns.
The new building is named in honor of former Bridges board president Moses M. Malkin, a longtime advocate for people who struggle with mental health and addiction issues and one of the founders of Milford Mental Health. His widow, Hannah Malkin, donated $100,000 to the expansion project.
With support from the rest of the Milford delegation, Sen. Slossberg fought to secure crucial state funding for the expansion project. In January, the state Bond Commission approved $600,000 for the Bridges project. Milford Bank also has contributed funds to the project. Bridges will continue to seek grants and later this month will kick off its Give & Grow Campaign to raise funds to complete the project.
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