PsychOdyssey is pleased to announce that founder Tom Pyle has accepted a new executive position in community mental health services. On April 2, Tom joined Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services in Elizabeth, NJ, as Director of Administrative Services, responsible for the agency’s operations.
Founded 40 years ago as a psychosocial rehabilitation clubhouse affiliated with the Elizabeth General Hospital (now Trinitas), Bridgeway is a leading New Jersey community mental psychiatric rehabilitation services agency. With annual contract and Medicaid revenues around $25 million, Bridgeway employs over 300 people (and manages a fleet of nearly 160 vehicles) serving nearly 2000 individuals with psychiatric disabilities in 17 locations in 10 counties in northern and central New Jersey.
Bridgeway’s programs include partial care, RIST (Residential Intensive Support Team, specially dedicated to individuals discharged from state hospitals), supported housing, supported education, career development, justice-involved services, and emergency intervention support services. Bridgeway’s largest program is PACT (Program in Assertive Community Treatment), in which it runs 9 PACT outreach teams and trains all other New Jersey PACT teams in this important community-outreach evidence-based psychiatric rehabilitation practice. See more about Bridgeway’s pioneering work here.
Joining a management team led by Bridgeway executive Director Cory Storch, Tom’s new responsibilities include billing, electronic health records, business intelligence, human resources, information technology, asset management, and property management. “It is an honor to be part of the Bridgeway organization, which has long been recognized by all quarters of New Jersey’s mental health establishment as an outstanding agency serving so many” Tom writes. “As I well know from my family work and advocacy, Bridgeway is a tireless advocate for psychiatric rehabilitation and for the full community integration for those with mental illness,” he added. “I’m looking forward to doing all I can to help Bridgeway continue its journey of excellence to chart the community-based recovery course for so many loved ones of families navigating the maelstrom of mental illness.”
After intensively on-boarding this past month in his new full-time Bridgeway position, Tom’s private posting work with PsychOdyssey will shortly resume its regular pace. Tom will also carry on his family advocacy work with the New Jersey Behavioral Health Planning Council, NAMI Mercer, as well as his other community assignments and his teaching (“The Family Role in Psychiatric Rehabilitation”) and research in the business of mental health services delivery at the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation of the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions.