COMMUNITY LINKS and OPTUM PEER BRIDGER Services Added to Baltic Street’ s Lineup
Baltic Street is pleased to announce additional services available to the community!
Community Links, run by Yasmine Kamel, seeks to help Transitional Youth (Young Adults 18 to 25 years old aging out of Youth Services) by connecting them with resources in their communities. According to Ms. Kamel:
“ Our mission is to help Community Links participants improve their quality of life by achieving independence and self-sufficiency, through community participation and integration. We work with young adults 18-25 years old residing in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, who are living with psychiatric diagnoses or struggling with substance abuse.
“ We will work with individuals to link them to non-mental health resources to meet their needs and aspirations, so that they may achieve true inclusion in the community beyond the mental health system.
“ Community Links hosts two events each month, showcasing resources in the community and providing our clients with an opportunity to utilize them. Our events will take a variety of forms and will often involve speakers, presentations, panels, workshops, shows, and interactive groups, along with an atmosphere conducive to socialization and networking. ”
Their Facebook page can be reached by clicking on this link: Community Links Facebook Page
They also have a flyer, in PDF format, available HERE
The Optum Bridger Program, run by Sara Goodman, is summed up as follows:
“ As OPTUM Peer Bridgers, we link and refer consumers to essential services and help to empower them to seek services on their own as they move from an inpatient setting into the community. We have a “ We did this. You can do this, too. Let us help you learn how.” mantra that often inspires people to go past the limits of an outpatient setting. We work at passing on the positive messages, lessons and support we acquired in our own recoveries and through the lessons we learned from others.
“ Often, the Peer Bridger is the only link between ongoing services while they are waiting to connect to treatment clinics or receive benefits. These supports and services will be essential to effective community integration and crucial for preventing relapse and possible re-hospitalization. ”