The Bridge Center for Hope looking to fill 130 positions at new facility

Updated: Oct. 6, 2020 at 5:46 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Bridge Center for Hope is hosting a job fair Oct. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The job fair will be held at the Bridge Center’s headquarters, located at 728 North Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

The mental health facility is looking to fill 130 positions including LPNs, RNs, shift supervisors, and billing specialists.

The Bridge Center for Hope is partnering with RI International to hire people for several jobs, including:

  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Shift Supervisor (Licensed Clinicians-LMHP)
  • Clinicians (LMHPs)
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Billing Specialist
  • Team Leads (Peer Support-Certified)
  • Peer Support Specialist
  • Milieu Specialist
  • Kitchen staff

“There’s really nothing like this campus of connection is what we call it, where you can really have this entry point for crisis services and then be able to quickly be assessed in a very welcoming and warm environment and then be able to kind of move through that program to whatever services that would be most appropriate for you,” said Amy Pugsley, vice president of east coast operations for The Bridge Center for Hope.

Health officials say the number of people feeling alone and isolated during the pandemic has contributed to an increased number of people reaching out for help with their mental health. The Bridge Center for Hope is prepared to counsel and help people move forward.

“People who are experiencing mental health issues for the first time, people who have had mental health issues that have had relapsed, people who have had substance issues that have relapsed. It’s important for us to really understand that going in, it’s really important to go ahead and fill these jobs,” said Charlotte Claiborne, executive director of The Bridge Center for Hope.

Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish approved additional funding for The Bridge Center for Hope by passing a tax back in 2018. About $3.9 million is being used on the new renovations and the remaining funds will go towards providing services once the new facility opens.

The Bridge Center for Hope aims to provide mental health services to individuals facing a crisis or addiction.

“When you add something that was already there and you topple it with the pandemic and other things, then it makes even more important for us to go ahead and try to fill these positions so that when The Bridge Center opens, we are ready,” Claiborne added.

Candidates interested in working at The Bridge Center can apply in person at the facility. Applicants will need to wear a mask to attend the job fair.

You can schedule your interview appointment on The Bridge Center’s website, by clicking here.

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