In 2012, college fraternity brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc came together to discuss vital issues taken place in their communities regarding youth that suffered from a behavioral, mental and emotional health dysfunction. The fraternity brothers presently worked for a private mental health agency in Richmond, Virginia. They were able to work first hand with individuals and families that suffered from a mental illness. The founders believed that if they could bring their experience, passion and community resources together, they would be able to organize a quality and reputable mental health program.
Jerome Hood and Rahmell Dash founded Bridging the Gap Family Services in October, 2013. Their mission is to Bridge the Gap through providing quality mental health services and the communities they served, through preserving the family system by providing individual and family therapeutic coaching, education, skill building and support.
The first office was established in Manassas, Virginia on January 13th, 2015 where Bridging the Gap became a licensed mental health provider under the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services. Within the first year, the office received over 30 referrals for children and adolescent home based services. With the growth of Bridging the Gap's children and adolescent program, the agency wanted to target the entire family, expanding their services to work with the adult population. On September 2015, Bridging the Gap Family Services expanded their services to Richmond and later expanded into Norfolk, Virginia.
The founder’s goal is to become the nations largest mental health agency throughout Virginia, and their cause will continue to speed on as they continue to advocate and serve as the voice for those suffering from a mental illness. Bridging the Gap is committed to stabilizing families through breaking the vicious cycle of mental health diagnosis's in generation after generation.