Bridging The Gap Guidlines
In Area 91, the Bridging the Gap (BTG) program is handled by the Treatment and Accessibility Committee.
The duties of the BTG Coordinator is carried out by the Treatment and Accessibility chair person.
The area BTG Coordinator is responsible to the Area 91 Assembly and shall report to each Area Assembly and Area Committee Meeting.
The BTG Coordinator will develop and maintain a list of Treatment Facility contacts throughout Saskatchewan which will include, but not be limited to, those facilities listed on the Government of Saskatchewan Treatment Services Directory website at: www.health.gov.sk.ca/treatment-services-directory .
The BTG Coordinator will contact each treatment facility twice yearly and will supply each facility director with a BTG package which will consist of :
- Appropriate A. A. Pamphlets as they become available (such as – ‘Bridging the Gap’ and ‘This is A. A.’)
- Introductory letter to the director
- ‘Bridging the Gap Process’ form
- Letter to Clients
- BTG Guidelines for A.A. members who are temporary contacts
The BTG Coordinator will supply each DCM or District BTG Contact with a BTG package consisting of the package supplied to each Treatment Facility with the addition of the BTG explanation form and a form on which to collect the names and contact information of members willing to become temporary contacts in their communities
The BTG Coordinator in consultation with the BTG Committee members will develop and update all BTG correspondence forms contained in the aforementioned packages.
The BTG Coordinator shall receive all requests for BTG contacts from any Treatment Facility that has a client releasing from that facility into a community within the boundaries of Area 91 (Saskatchewan).
The BTG Coordinator will ascertain the pertinent client information age, sex, (Cultural Heritage, if deemed necessary by the client), date of release from the facility , community to which the client will be heading, and the appropriate contact information at the Treatment Centre to have the temporary contact be in direct communication with the client. (This will include the phone number at which the client can be reached and possibly the best timeframe that the client will be available.)
The BTG Coordinator will pass all pertinent information to the DCM or District BTG Contact closest to the community the client will be releasing to, with the reminder to have the temporary contact advise the Treatment Facility on initial contact that “This is a Bridging the Gap contact” for the client.
These guidelines are subject to review by the BTG Committee at Area 91 Assemblies.
Approved at Spring Assembly 2010
Formatted: February, 2011