Psychiatric Hospital/Residential Treatment

Psychiatric Residential Treatment in an Open Therapeutic Community

The goal of treatment at the Austen Riggs Center is to help individuals (aged 18 and older) take charge of their lives more fully so that they can experience more satisfying engagement in the outside world.

A psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program since 1919, the Austen Riggs Center provides effective and integrated treatment for individuals faced with complex psychiatric problems.  Patients typically seek treatment at Riggs because they need a different treatment approach.  Through debilitating symptoms, recurrent crises, self-destructive or suicidal behaviors and social withdrawal, patients communicate their distress.  They have generally been unable to use outpatient or other treatment modalities to make significant progress in their capacity to function adaptively. It is common for our patients to have multiple diagnoses; and, in some cases, be identified as “treatment resistant.” The Riggs community, including both patients and staff, is a diverse group of individuals with varied life experiences.

Some of the more common diagnoses our patients arrive with include:

    The Austen Riggs Center is now excepting applications for the Fellowship Program.                                   

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