BRiDGES works collaboratively with the Veteran Services Agency of Rockland County to implement the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support program. The Dwyer program provides Vet-to-Vet support among veterans who personally understand the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
The Dwyer program is funded through a grant from the County of Rockland Department of Mental Health (RCDMH) and is part of a statewide effort funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). BRiDGES provides all operational and administrative support to run the program including outreach and advertising.
BRiDGES’s Dwyer program serves veterans from members of all branches of the Armed Forces as well as the Guard and Reserves with no restrictions with regard to service dates or discharge status. The program is free and confidential.
Military Behavioral Health Peer Services Training
In support of the Dwyer program, BRiDGES offers the only nationally-accredited Military Behavioral Health Peer Services training. This 15-hour course exposes Vet-to-Vet participants to information about PTSD and TBI supported by testimonial presentations regarding military experience, recovery, and a variety of mental health conditions often faced by veterans and their families.
- Accredited through The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine
- Continuing Education Units available