Building Bridges...

Advancing partnerships among residential and community-based service providers, youth and families to improve lives.

Welcome to the Building Bridges Initiative.

Building Bridges is a national initiative working to identify and promote practice and policy that will create strong and closely coordinated partnerships and collaborations between families, youth, community - and residentially - based treatment and service providers, advocates and policy makers to ensure that comprehensive mental health services and supports are available to improve the lives of young people and their families.

In all that we do, we strive to advance partnerships among residential and community-based service providers, youth, and families to improve lives.

To read more about the Building Bridges Initiative, read the BBI Overview Document.


The Building Bridges Initiative is pleased to share the following document: 

Implementing Effective Short-Term Residential Interventions-  A Building Bridges Initiative Guide


The Building Bridges Initiative Fall Training Event

October 4-6, 2017

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 123 Old River Road

Andover, MA 01810

 Registration is now open!


Purpose: To increase participant’s ability to use and/or support implementation of best practices in both residential and community settings that result in sustained positive outcomes for youth and families who receive a residential intervention. Attendees will leave the training event with practical strategies to improve policies and practices in their programs (residential and/or community) or agencies (oversight/funding), as well as with an understanding of business strategies to transform agencies operating residential programs to ensure long-term success.


Who will benefit: There will be training sessions to support oversight and funding/policy leaders and staff; sessions to support residential/community executives, leaders, clinical staff, advocates and family members.  Adolescents with residential experiences, who are interested in learning about best practices, will also find some sessions of interest.  It is recommended that teams of leaders/staff/ advocates/families/adolescents from the same oversight agency/program attend the event together.  A collective team approach will promote a stronger learning opportunity and ability to implement strategies and tools learned within the program or oversight agency.


Registration rates

·       Full training Program: $395

·       Single Day Rate: $200

·       Presenters will receive a discounted rate of $295

·       Introduction to BBI on October 3rd, 2- 5 p.m.:  $50 (free w/ paid full registration of $395)


To register for the training, please go to: 


There is limited scholarship funding available for family members and youth. To receive an application please contact Kelly Pipkins-Burt at


To reserve your hotel room:

Our host, American Training, Inc., has worked with the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Andover, MA to secure a great hotel room rate ($152/night plus tax – which includes breakfast).  These rates are available on a first-come first-serve basis so make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.  

To receive the discounted room rate please have a credit card available and register via Booking Link:,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT


or call the Double Tree at 978-975-3600 or 800-445-8667 by September 5, 2017 and indicate that you are with the Building Bridges Initiative - 2017 Fall Training Event.  To register for extra nights (i.e. before or after the conference) @ the low rate, you must call the hotel.


Training Schedule:  A full agenda and list of presenters will be included soon!

Tuesday, October 3rd2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Welcome to BBI: This Training Session is for those new to BBI.

Wednesday, October 4th

8:30 am -5:00 pm: Training Program; 5:00-6:30 pm: Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 5th

8:30 am - 5:00pm: Training Program


Friday, October 6th

8:30 am– 12 Noon: Training Program




Questions: contact Sherri Hammack:


Of note BBI has received some funding to support registration costs for leaders from minority led residential organizations and minority led community organizations that interface with residential programs.  Please contact Kelly Pipkins-Bert at for more information.


We look forward to seeing you and your team(s) in Massachusetts in the Fall!