A Few Facts about the Austen Riggs Center

U.S. News & World Report Rates the Austen Riggs Center
A Best Hospital in Psychiatry Nationwide

  • The goal of treatment at the Austen Riggs Center is to come to terms with emotional suffering and to facilitate growth in the individual’s capacity to work, play and love.
  • We are completely open and voluntary.  Patient freedom and responsibility is expected and respected.
  • Our treatment emphasis focuses on interpersonal relationships, the meaning within symptoms and the authority of the patient.
  • We have multi-disciplinary treatment teams consisting of a psychotherapist, psychopharmacologist, social worker, nurse, community staff member and substance abuse counselor.  The team provide treatment and support from admission to discharge.
  • Each patient has individual psychotherapy four times each week with a doctor on staff.
  • Our social workers conduct individual casework with each patient.
  • We also offer family consultation and/or therapy.
  • In 2012, with 61 clinicians and an average patient census of 59, our clinician to patient ratio was 1:1.
  • Our milieu offers a therapeutic community, groups, nursing services and an innovative Activities Program led by artists and craftsmen.
  • The Austen Riggs Center is a place where “treatment-resistant” patients become people taking charge of their lives.
  • Our minimum length of stay is six weeks and culminates in a comprehensive case conference.
  • Our average length of stay is five months.
  • We treat adults, 18 and over, who have a wide range of emotional difficulties.
  • We are located in the quintessential New England town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and two hours from Boston and New York.
  • We were founded in 1919 by Austen Fox Riggs, M.D. and have capacity for 65 patients.
  • We are a fully licensed and Joint Commission accredited hospital-based continuum of care from inpatient to residential, day treatment and aftercare.
  • We are consistently ranked a U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospital” in Psychiatry.
  • We work with patients and their families to obtain insurance coverage for treatment.  However, the individual accepting financial responsibility for a patient’s treatment is ultimately responsible for the cost.
  • The initial six-week intensive evaluation and treatment phase requires a pre-payment. For more information on fees, see our Cost of Treatment page.
  • A fee reduction is possible based on financial need.  See our Financial Assistance policy.