"Patients come here as human beings with their strengths and weaknesses, but often in a place that makes it difficult for them to hold onto their strengths. The therapeutic community provides an opportunity and space for patients to be more than their illness, more than a patient, to find and utilize their strengths." Brenda St. Pierre, centerwide community coordinator and IRP-N/G program manager
- The patient community at Riggs is invited to work with the staff to solve problems of mutual concern and to create a safe, respectful and engaging environment for treatment.
- Patients have a lot of say over community life through the patient government system with over 20 elected patient positions.
- There are more than 30 different groups on a weekly basis.
Read Director of Patient Care, Margaret Parish, PhD’s, paper titled: From Couch to Culture Through the Therapeutic Community.