Youth Bridge

Youth Bridge


Serving a nine-county area in northern Arkansas, Youth Bridge, Inc. is a nonprofit agency dedicated to treating youth and their families with substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. About 77 percent of all treatment centers in Arkansas are non-profit, and about 23 percent of centers offer substance abuse and mental health services. Headquartered out of Fayetteville, the state-licensed organization provides residential and outpatient care and school-based and preventative and outreach services throughout Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Marion, Madison, Newton, and Washington counties.


According to Youth Bridge’s website, it operates three residential programs. The Journey House is a residential program for males aged 14 to 18, and The Bell House is a “foster home” for girls aged 16 to 18 in the Department of Children and Family Services who have either run away or are without stable housing.

Programming takes a multi-disciplinary approach, offering teens education and counseling groups for substance abuse, independent living skills training, anger management sessions, and more. Open year-round and 24 hours a day, the nonprofit’s Emergency Shelter helps at-risk youth meet their basic and advanced needs.

Outpatient services here are manifold. Counseling helps families, parents, and persons dealing with grief, behavioral issues, sexual trauma, and other issues. Children in need of help at school may receive tutoring, mentoring, and social and life skills education. Psychological testing and psychiatric services are also on offer in schools across northern Arkansas. Additional services include behavioral management interventions, aftercare planning, and Bully Busters, an educational program dedicated to raising awareness to end bullying.


The nonprofit’s website notes the experienced team includes licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselors (LADACs), master’s level social workers, and specialists certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. The loved one surveyed by at the time of this writing gave four out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience.


There is currently no information provided by the nonprofit regarding the living arrangements and related offerings of its three residential programs, though the single survey respondent left three out of five stars for accommodations and amenities.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has yet to receive any reviews from the nonprofit’s former clients, however, secondary sites revealed overwhelmingly positive feedback.

To date, the 25 people who left reviews on Youth Bridge’s Facebook page, which the center has the ability to manage, gave an average of 4.7 out of five stars. Reviewers commended the organization for its dedicated efforts aimed at helping children, and praised its staff. “I highly recommend this treatment,” R.C. wrote. “Has been the best treatment any family or child could ask for.”[1]

And five-star reviewer Nancy, was the only Google reviewer to have shared written commentary beyond a star-rating. “Best place ever!! Great staff,” she wrote. [2]


The loved one surveyed by to date gave a mostly positive review. They gave four out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the center, connectivitiy, and counseling options. “Give them a chance, they were not my first choice but I believe we have received great service,” the loved one wrote.

WHAT STAFF SAY has yet to receive any reviews from this facility’s staffers or former employees. However, the 18 people who left reviews on Indeed to date gave an average of three out of five stars. The reviews were mixed. While some staffers called it a great place to work and a good atmosphere, others called it horrible and complained about its training process.

“I would recommend it some yes it is basically a fun and great place to work if you enjoy working with troubled kids or have a passion for counseling,” a case member wrote in a representative review. [3]


Youth Bridge works with major private insurance plans and state Medicaid. To date, the loved one surveyed by gave five out of five stars when asked if treatment was worth the cost.


Reviews about Youth Bridge

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
They treat everybody with respect A bit dingy and trashy for such a new facility Give them a chance, they were not my first choice but I believe we have received great service