Better Outcomes Thru Bridges (BOB) Programs
The Better Outcomes thru Bridges (BOB) Programs focus on serving some of our most vulnerable patients. Our goal is to empower individuals on their journey toward better well-being by engaging with compassion, dignity, and integrity.
The BOB team walks alongside clients to help ease their way literally and figuratively meeting clients where they are at. BOB Regional Behavioral Health Programs include several patient-centered programs and projects within the Oregon region.
BOB programs include:
Peer Support Outreach (Caring Contacts)
Caring Contacts utilize lived experience and the Peer Support model to work with patients recently discharged from the emergency department in behavioral health crisis. Caring Contacts connect our most vulnerable patients to community resources and behavioral health programs while providing needed support services along the way.
Emergency Department Outreach
The BOB Emergency Department (ED) Outreach Specialists work directly with hospital staff and community partners to identify behavioral health patients with frequent ED visits that may need additional help and services after they discharge. BOB ED Outreach Specialists spend most of their time in the community alongside clients, assisting them in connecting to the resources that address their unmet needs.
PMG Clinic Outreach
BOB PMG Clinic Outreach Specialists work with current behavioral health patients s well as patients identified by PMG clinic staff as having high social determinants of health needs, as well as difficulty accessing services.
BOB/MACG Housing Project
The BOB Program has partnered with the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG) Clackamas Housing Team to assist in introducing safe overnight shelter models via car camping and Conestoga huts in Clackamas County and surrounding areas. MACG is an alliance of faith, labor, health education, and community organizations dedicated to building a base of civic leaders to effectively stand for change in their communities. When interested faith communities, businesses, or land owners volunteer to host unhoused residents on their property, the BOB Housing Project provides individualized case management to assist the guest’s journey toward permanent housing, better health, and well-being.
School Based Outreach
The Providence BOB School Outreach Program is aimed at working with the most vulnerable students and families within the Newberg School District. Funded by the Austin Family Foundation through 2021 and working closely with the Community Wellness Collective in Newberg, School Based Outreach Specialists work with six schools within the Newberg School District. The focus of this programs is to provide social and behavioral health support, community resources, and resource connection.
Monthly Community Outreach Meeting and Resource List-Serv
Created on the principle that “together we can do great things”, this grassroots alliance is made up of many local agencies within the four surrounding counties and beyond. The group meets monthly to explore topics such as best practices and community resources. In addition, we maintain a resource sharing list-serv of approximately 1,000 community partners from almost two hundred agencies. This enables us to better support the populations we serve while cultivating new and existing community partner relationships.
To learn more about BOB Programs or to be added to the resource list-serv:
Contact Becky Wilkinson, MSW, CSWA
Regional Behavioral Health Outreach Program Manager
503-278-2563 or by email.