The Bridges Behavioral Health Clinic is a small office equipped with big help. The office is open Monday through Friday with general information printed on their door.
By Jeremy Gonzalez, Staff Reporter
The Bridges Behavioral Health Clinic in Fort Stockton is a branch of Permian Basin Community Centers (PBCC) and provides screening and help for depressive disorders, PTSD, adult ADHD, anxiety based disorders and more. The small office is located at 1701 N. Valentine St. (tucked behind the old Apache Theater) and accepts both appointments and walk-ins for adults ages 18 and up. Bridges's qualified health official, Mary Martha, works Monday through Friday to assist with screenings and guiding patients through the necessary steps of getting the proper help they need. Bridges works hand-in-hand with MHMR and services both routine visits and crisis situations. Reaching more than just Fort Stockton residents, the Bridges Behavioral Health Clinic covers a large geographic area that includes Pecos, Brewster, Culberson, Ector, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Midland, Pecos, and Presidio counties. With a certified psychiatrist and counselor available, Bridges provides private counseling sessions and medication management for those who qualify. “We worked collaboratively with the Pecos County Memorial Hospital to get this place going in Fort Stockton. The hospital played a huge role in securing our office space... Again, I can't stress enough how helpful PCMH was in getting the Bridges Behavioral Health Clinic opened. We are very appreciative,” said Director of Mental Health (MH) Services Todd Luzadder. In addition to its routine visits, Bridges also has crisis intervention and suicide prevention services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. You don't have to be a regular patient to utilize their 24-hour hotline, which provides contact for persons experiencing emotional crisis situations, including suicidal thoughts. The hotline is answered by an American Association of Suicideology (AAS) accredited hotline. The staff is available to provide face-to-face intervention, including mobile assessments by Bridges' Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams (MCOT) and emergency hospitalization. If you are dealing with unpleasant emotions that lead to suicidal thoughts, do not hesitate to call the hot line at 1-844-420-3964. The Bridges Behavioral Health Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed on the weekends. For more information, visit pbmhmr.com. You can also call Bridges Behavioral Health Clinic at (432) 336-3992.