Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap provides services to youth in residential care who present complex needs, including PDD, borderline intellectual functioning or intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and mental health problems. This program provides an Individualized Plan of Care, provisions for direct individual therapy, occupational therapy, and special instructions for family members and school personnel.

The main goals of Bridging the Gap are to:

  1. Reduce the child's length of stay in the Elmcrest residential program.
  2. Improve the child’s ability to manage emotions more effectively and without verbal or physical altercations.
  3. Improve the child’s adaptive functioning in various life and school situations.
  4. Assist family participation and involvement during the treatment process.


Youth working with Bridging the Gap are engaged in three weekly face-to-face contacts with a social worker and a minimum of two hours of contact weekly with an occupational therapist. Services are provided on the Elmcrest campus in the school as well as in the family home or community.

For additional information or referrals to Bridging the Gap, contact Dr. Patrick Casey, Director of Clinical Services at (315) 446-6250, ext. 267.