Jay was originally born and raised in Lawton, OK but joined the U.S. Air Force in 1989 and served for 24 years in various U.S and foreign countries, including two deployments in support of Iraqi Freedom. He attended Lawton MacArthur High School and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas and his Masters in Social Work and Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma. He currently lives in Edmond.
While Jay was in Air Force, he served in primarily in mental health, substance abuse, corrections, instructing and substance abuse policy roles. His last assignment was the Squadron Superintendent for the Medical Operations Squadron supporting and assisting with quality of life issues for 200 Airmen. After his retirement in 2014, he returned to Oklahoma became a case manager at NorthCare, a Community Mental Health Center in Oklahoma City, eventually rising to the position of Team Lead of Court Services. He led a team of 7 who assisted those with mental health/substance needs, including Veterans, in attempts to divert them from custody in the Department of Corrections.
Jay became the Director of Support Services in 2019 at The Homeless Alliance to coach, lead and supervises 18 case managers within 5 different teams, including The WestTown Apartments. Case managers assist with obtaining permanent supportive housing while also attempting to remove barriers from exiting housing for approximately 250 clients in the Oklahoma City area.
Jay has served on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Chapter for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is the Mental Health Advisor for Warriors for Freedom.
Jay and his wife, Alicia, were married in 2007 and are members of Acts 2 United Methodist Church in Edmond, OK . They have one son, Boston.
James “Jay” Bridwell, Director of Support Services
The Homeless Alliance, Inc.
1724 NW 4th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106