Bridging the Gap

I need a Temporary Contact, please. I’m getting discharged/released soon.
Temporary Contact Request

I would like to volunteer as a Temporary Contact.
BTG Volunteer Fillable

I’m a Bridging the Gap, Treatment or Corrections Chairperson.
Treatment Request Form, County CF Request Form, Prison Request Form, BTG Volunteer Form, Suggested Literature Packets for District BTG Chairs

What is Bridging the Gap?
Definition: “Bridging the Gap” is a commonly adopted name for committees around the country that provide a Temporary Contact Service, for alcoholics who have gotten sober in an environment of confinement and are being released.

Purpose: The purpose of the “Bridging the Gap” committee is to establish and maintain a network of A.A. volunteers who will accept the responsibility of making initial contact with a person requesting an introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous when he or she leaves a facility of confinement or recovery. That facility may be a detox center, hospital, treatment center, jail, or prison. The A.A. volunteer will
give that person an immediate introduction to local meetings in their area of residence.

How it works: While in confinement the patient or inmate is given a presentation explaining the Temporary Contact Program. This is done as part of a regularly scheduled A.A. meeting in Correctional Facilities or a special Bridging the Gap presentation is given to the alcoholic patients in treatment centers and other facilities where special clearance and orientation is not required.

If the patient/inmate expresses a desire to continue his/her recovery in the A.A. program, prior to release, they are asked to fill in a Bridging the Gap Temporary Contact Request Form. The information will then be forwarded to the patient/inmate’s area of residence, to a Bridging the Gap Temporary Contact Volunteer A.A. member. The volunteer will make contact with the patient/inmate
as soon as possible. If time and distance permit, a visit to the facility, phone call, or letter is suggested. If pre-release contact is not possible, the temporary contact will call the patient/inmate on the day of their release or within 24-48 hours of release. It is suggested that the temporary contact take the newcomer to a variety of A.A. meetings; introduce him or her to other A.A.s; insure that they have phone numbers of several A.A. members and share the experience of sponsorship and a home
group.

Read the Bridging the Gap pamphlet: “Bridging the Gap—Between Treat­ment and A.A. Through Temporary Contact Programs” (P-49) at AA.org