Lee Carlson Center provides exceptional and affordable mental health services for families, children, youth, and adults in our community.



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Bridgeview Community Support Program

Bridgeview is a drop-in center for adults living with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI). Adults living with SPMI's often struggle with the stigma of their diagnosis, causing them to isolate themselves from others.

Bridgeview offers a setting that promotes social interaction, psychosocial rehabilitation, and recovery from mental illness. 

Members also have access to an extensive mental health library, nutrition and wellness classes, drop-in time to socialize, eat lunch, and enjoy activities in the community.

Staff works closely with families, care providers, and community organizations to assist with access to resources and services. 

Membership is free, but members must have a diagnosis of serious and persistent mental illness from a psychiatrist, therapist, or medical doctor.

There is free transportation for those who live in Anoka County.

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Contact Patty at 763-230-7836 if you have problems.

7920 University Ave. NE  Fridley, MN  55432
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Julie Smith, Program Supervisor

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Julie provides counseling and psychotherapy for individuals and groups.  She is a therapist and the On-Site Supervisor at Bridgeview, our adult drop-in center.  As a therapist at Lee Carlson Center, she works with adolescents, young adults, and adults.  Julie facilitates multiple therapy groups at Bridgeview including men's and women's anger management and symptom management.

Areas of specialization:
Serious and persistent mental illness, self-esteem, anger management, depression, anxiety, and cognitive-behavior therapy.

Favorite Quote:
Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, you are you and that is the beginning and the end- no apologies, no regrets

~Henry Kissinger

Lisa Linz

Program Assistant

Lisa loves working at Bridgeview and truly believes that the shared experiences give members hope and acceptance in their own recovery and understanding of mental illness.  She does the intakes and conducts tours of the drop-in center.  She also leads Bridgeview members on offsite activities such as bowling, touring museums, etc.   And, she prepares all the snacks and lunches at the drop-in center.

Favorite Quote:
It is more fun to talk to someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words – but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”

~Winnie the Pooh

Laura Wallace

Peer Support Specialist

As a longtime advocate for mental health, Laura brings an invaluable perspective to her new role at Bridgeview.

A Peer Support Specialist helps others learn about their strengths and challenges; supports the development of personal responsibility; self-efficacy; and self-advocacy skills; and accepts people where they they are at.  Laura will be working with Bridgeview members to promote symptom stability, wellness management; independent living skills; and will also assist in helping members develop a recovery plan.

Favorite Quote:

If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path

- Buddha

Ken Mattson
Bridgeview Driver

Prior to joining Bridgeview, Ken drove semi-trucks and entered the Minnesota Truck Rodeo in 1978 and 1979 and placed second and third.  After that he became a driver trainer and safety supervisor for the company.  So driving has always been a passion.

“Driving for Bridgeview is very rewarding and challenging with time schedules and new areas to pick up Bridgeview members.  But, I love what I do!”

Favorite Quote:
After all is said and done, there is more said, than done.