Through its long-term residential treatment program, Bridge House offers residents seeking recovery the time needed to become sober and productive individuals again. The Bridge House treatment program, which is based on the disease concept of addiction, is intensive and highly structured. Residents reside in a dormitory setting and progress through several phases of treatment: stabilization, primary, independent living and aftercare.
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Chief Executive Officer, Else Pedersen has worked for Bridge House / Grace House since 1992. Else is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and holds a Masters of Business Administration. Else became the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge House / Grace House on September 15, 2011. Prior to that date, she was the Executive Director of Bridge House since 2004. Else has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of Bridge House in that she has worked in many departments before becoming the Executive Director, in particular the Clinical Department as a direct provider of services. Else is responsible for the overall management of the organization. Her responsibilities include the development and implementation of all clinical programs and supporting businesses; ensuring clinical program and business objectives are met; and directing and supervising staff. As a person in recovery, Else has a unique perspective in meeting the needs of our consumers.More
Michelle Gaiennie, LCSW holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tulane University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University. She is an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. Michelle has served as Executive Director of Clinical Services for Bridge House / Grace House since 2013. Prior to that date, she was the Executive Director of Grace House since 2003.More