Our Community Partners
Bridges of Iowa is committed to forming long-standing partnerships with other local and national organizations to continue to achieve our important mission and objectives without duplicating services.
Costs and Savings to Society
We hear a lot about how there’s not enough funding for treatment and that the majority of people who want and need treatment don’t have access to it. And that’s true, and yes treatment is expensive. It is healthcare after all. Healthcare is expensive. But I also like to talk about the savings to society that investing in treatment provides.
For example, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University conducted a study that says:
"Every $1 dollar spent on treatment yields a $7 return in community benefit." And when factoring in criminal justice clients that number jumps to every $1 spent yields a $12 return!
Further, the study determined that for every year an individual stays: Clean, employed, and out of jail
They save the community between $90,000 - $100,000.
This is largely due to reductions in:
- Social services
- Health care costs
- Increase in employment & productivity
If you read the Iowa Drug Control Strategy from the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy you will see that long-term treatment is repeatedly recommended and cited as “what works”.
Over and over again research confirms that the longer you can keep people in treatment the higher the likelihood is that they will succeed.
The fact is the Bridges of Iowa long term treatment program is unique. We do what many others want to, but can’t and that’s just one of the many things that makes us better…in my humble, unbiased opinion.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
- Furnishes our clients with opportunities
- Financial Literacy classes
- Job readiness education
- Healthy Family program
- Healthy Relationships.
Broadlawns Medical Center
- supplies medical detoxification services for our clients
- provides our Medical Director and
- our medical services.
Des Moines Area Community College
offers educational programs that will lead our graduations to better employment opportunities.
provides fundraising support to charitable organizations.
Food Bank of Iowa
provides food at a greatly reduced cost as well as free paper supplies.
Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel
granted Bridges of Iowa $125,000 to launch our culinary program.
provides the opportunity to learn about the needs and opportunities of our community and offer support.
As an elected official, I have seen Bridges of Iowa consistently provide an innovative continuum of care to Iowans who are overcoming addiction. As an Iowan, I see the challenges our communities face with substance abuse and most recently the opioid crisis. Without the work of organizations such as Bridges, those in recovery would be at increased risk for relapse and jail recidivism. By focusing on long-term recovery and community integration, Bridges of Iowa has helped people rebuild themselves as productive members of our community.