The Southwest Counseling Service Bridges Program

provides daily services for adults who have a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder, severe major depression, and/or schizophrenia.

The purpose of the Bridges Program is to assist individuals in crossing the bridges of life and to strongly promote that recovery is possible. The program enables individuals with a serious mental illness to live a meaningful life in the community while achieving their full potential.

Program Hours

Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Enriching lives through wellness, recover, and hope.


Mental illness is a health condition that causes changes in a person’s thinking, mood, and behavior.

Mental illness is very common. Mental health and mental illness can be pictured as two points on a continuum with a range of conditions in between. When these conditions are more serious, they are referred to as mental illnesses. These illnesses include depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and others which may require treatment and support. They are also widely misunderstood. People with mental illnesses are often stigmatized by others who think it’s an uncommon condition.

The truth is, mental illness can happen to anybody regardless of age, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, economic status or location.

Myth: If I seek help for my mental health problem, others will think I am “crazy”.

Fact: No one should delay getting treatment for a mental health problem that is not getting better, just as one would not wait to take care of a medical condition that needed treatment. Some people worry that others will avoid them if they seek treatment for their mental illness. Early treatment can produce better results. Seeking appropriate help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Myth: There’s no hope for people with mental illness.

Fact: There are more treatments, services, and community support systems than ever before. People with mental illnesses lead active, productive lives.

Myth: Mental illnesses don’t affect me.

Fact: Mental illnesses are surprisingly common; they affect almost every family in America. Mental illnesses do not discriminate—they can affect anyone.

1 in 4 adults suffer from a mental illness in any given year.

Who is your 1 in 4?



The Bridges Program provides:

  • Agency-Based Treatment
  • Case Management
  • Community-Based Treatment
  • Individual Rehabilitation Service
  • Pathways Drop-In Community Center
  • Psychiatric Services / Medication Management
  • Supported Independent Living Program
  • Job Coaching
  • Group Therapy
  • Medical services
  • Peer Specialist Services
  • Transitions Home


Pathways Drop-in Community Center

The Pathways Drop-In Community Center provides social, leisure, and recreational activities.

A crisis can be caused by things that are unexpected or sudden. Emergency services typically include walk-in services, phone intervention, hospital consultations, and brief crisis counseling. Our emergency services can help with the following:

The center offers:

  • Computer access
  • Cultural events
  • Entertainment and art
  • Field trips
  • Games and activities
  • Group activities
  • Hobbies and crafts
  • Holiday events
  • Life skills
  • Social events
  • Social support
Program Hours

Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

8:00 am – 12:00 pm


The Bridges Program offers three programs to help individuals adjust to their living situations and learn the skills needed based on each individual’s personal needs and requirements.


Supported Independent Living Program

The Supported Independent Living Program offers a semi-independent living facility for individuals 18 years old and older in need of minimal assistance with daily activities. This program allows individuals to establish confidence in living independently, while receiving the support that is needed to live in the community.

Transitions Home

The Transitions Home is a 24-hour supervised living facility for adults 18 years old or older. The Transitions Home is one component of comprehensive, individualized treatment. The home allows individuals the opportunity for personal and therapeutic growth while working toward living independently.

Independence Home

Independence Home is a 24 hour supervised living facility for adults 18 years old or older who have met the criteria based on the Level of Care Utilization System (LOCUS 5). Independence Home is one component of comprehensive, individualized treatment. The home allows individuals the opportunity for personal and therapeutic growth while working toward living more independently.


The Bridges Program provides individuals dealing with a serious mental illness with many different types of therapy and services. We understand that each individual is different and unique, and we work to meet these individual needs.

Agency-Based Treatment

Agency-based treatment involves working with individuals and/or families on a therapeutic level at the agency.

Community-Based Treatment

Community-based treatment provides therapy to individuals and/or families in their homes and in the community when the individual and/or family are not able to come into the office.


Individual Rehabilitation Services

Individual Rehabilitation Services focus on assisting an individual in restoring any basic adult daily living skills he/she may need to function independently in the home and the community.

Job Coaching

The Bridges Program also offers Group Counseling, Case Management Services, Psychiatric Services, Peer Specialist Services, Individual Rehabilitative Services, and Job Coaching.

What can I expect at my first appointment?

Plan on spending about two hours at your first appointment. You will be asked to fill out some forms for our agency, including your consent to have treatment at Southwest Counseling Service.

You will meet with a mental health clinician who will complete an assessment with you on the computer. This person will ask you questions about your history and your reasons for coming in for counseling. At the end of the session, you and your clinician will talk about options for treatment and your treatment plan.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling any of our offices directly.

Southwest Counseling Services - Mental Health
1124 College Dr. Rock Springs, WY 82901
Phone: (307) 352-6680
What about confidentiality?

Southwest Counseling Service takes your privacy very seriously, and we work hard to protect your confidentiality. Your information is kept in secure files, and is not shared with anyone without your consent.

There are some exceptions to that, which are legal reasons that your clinician would have to share information about you without your consent. Those include, but are not limited to, a serious medical emergency or threat to life, legally reportable information about child or adult neglect, or if there is a valid court order requiring information.

Sometimes people come to Southwest Counseling Service as a result of a court order or because of legal problems. If that is the case, we will usually have you sign a release of information form allowing us to contact your referral source about your therapy. This is often necessary to let the referral source know that you are attending therapy and how you are progressing.

For more information about all of the limits to confidentiality, as well as information about the employee code of ethics, please view the client information guide.

What is residential treatment?

Therapeutic Community, and Women’s Addiction Program are all residential treatment programs where individuals reside in Southwest Counseling Service housing during the substance abuse treatment program. Each program has various lengths of stay ranging from four months to more than one year.

Application process

The application for admissions into residential treatment is a drug and alcohol evaluations completed within the last six months including the ASI and ASAM indicating the level of care recommended. The evaluation is reviewed to determine if the applicant is appropriate for placement with the residential program. Applications can be mailed or faxed to our Foothill office, attention to program operations supervisor. Once approved the applicant will be contacted and either given a bed date or put on a waiting list. Once approved an admission packet will be mailed out with a list of belongings that they are allowed to have in treatment, the packet also includes the rules of the program and the level system for the TC/WAP programs.

What can I bring into residential treatment?

Bring enough clothing for seven (7) days, clothing must be modest and without offensive designs or logos (i.e. advertising tobacco, alcohol, bars, or counterculture lifestyles). Bring athletic wear such as tennis shoes, gym-type shorts, and appropriate tank tops, or sweats for use during exercise. No leggings unless they are under clothing. All clothing must fit without being overly loose or tight. Bring modest sleepwear and a robe. Bring seasonal clothing, i.e. hats, gloves, coats, etc. Please be reminded that there is limited space to keep your personal belongings so keep to a minimum what you bring. It is advised that you leave all valuables at home such as expensive jewelry. Also, no more than 3 pairs of shoes are permitted; they must be closed toed and heels may not have a heel higher than 1 ½ inches. Absolutely no flip/flops will be allowed (with the exception of shower shoes). We have laundry facilities and provide laundry products.

Bring personal toiletries and hygiene supplies. For example, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, hair brush/comb, hair accessories, lotion, and shaving accessories. Ladies are allowed only eight make-up items, this does not include brushes; please do not bring more than the allotted amount. If you bring more it will be stored until arrangements can be made to send them to your home at your expense. Bedding and towels are provided.

Bring prescription medication to last at least up to thirty (30) days until you can be seen by our physician. These medications must be in their original prescription bottles or a written prescription. Over-the-counter medications are provided and your own will not be accepted so please do not bring them. You will be responsible for the cost of any prescription medications. Should you be eligible for quality of life funding you would then be responsible for only half of the cost of your prescription medications.

Tobacco products are prohibited in the program. There will be no smoking or chewing tobacco used while in treatment.

What is a sliding fee scale?

This is a subsidized fee scale based on gross household income and the number of people in the household. This is offered because we are partially funded by the state.
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What is mental health?

A person who is mentally healthy can generally manage stress, respond appropriately to problems in life, and express emotions in a healthy, productive way. If a person runs into trouble with these sorts of tasks, or has a problem that just can’t be solved, therapy may be a good option to improve mental health.
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How much does a drug and alcohol evaluation cost?

The total cost for this evaluation is $175. You may make payment arrangements with the clerical staff if you will not be able to pay in full. Also, please be aware that we will notify referral resources, such as probation, courts, etc., of payment and non-payment.

Finally, if you have had an evaluation or addiction severity index (ASI) assessment completed in the past three months, SCS will require a copy and there will be no additional charge for this portion of the assessment. The cost with a previous ASI included is based on our sliding fee scale.



Never forget how far you’ve come. Everything you have gotten through. All the times you have pushed on even when you felt you couldn’t. All the mornings you got out of bed no matter how hard it was. All the times you wanted to give up but you got through another day. Never forget how much strength you have learned and developed.