• Ted Kennedy, Jr., Esq., presented Improving Access to Care: New Frontiers in Parity and Civil Rights at the Austen Riggs Center Centennial Conference.

    “It’s when you work together in a team, in a coordinated way that you can really leverage your power. And people with disabilities, with mental health conditions and physical health conditions have a lot more political power than we think we might,” remarks Ted Kennedy Jr., Esq. in these select remarks from his presentation.

  • Tom Insel, MD, gave a keynote presentation at the Austen Riggs Center's Centennial Conference: The Mental Health Crisis in America.

    Moving the needle on the mental health crisis demands new (and old) solutions, argues Tom Insel, MD, in these select remarks from his keynote presentation, “Beyond Magical Thinking.”  

  • This video series is taken from our Centennial Conference and features excerpts from many of the presentations – check back often or bookmark the Riggs Blog to see new videos.  

    Can a psychodynamic approach work for children with ADHD? Francine Conway, PhD, makes the case in support of that position in these select remarks from her presentation, “The ADHD Compassion Project: Dispelling the Illusion of Children with ADHD as the ‘Bad’ Other.”  

  • Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Eric Plakun, MD, comments on the October 31, 2019 court filing alleging that Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) is using overly restrictive clinical guidelines, developed by MCG Health (MCG), to deny medically necessary residential treatment for behavioral health care.  

  • Exploring the Impact of Client Suicides on Clinicians

    An exploration of the development of psychoanalysis in North America in the November 1 issues of Psychiatric News

  • Eric M. Plakun, MD is the Medical Director/CEO at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, outlines four tools to help maximize appeal success when insurance claims are denied.

  • Photos from the Austen Riggs Center’s Centennial Conference-The Mental Health Crisis in America: Recognizing Problems, Working Toward Solutions.

    The Austen Riggs Center welcomed more than 200 individuals to our Centennial Conference–The Mental Health Crisis in America: Recognizing Problems, Working Toward Solutions–at Tanglewood’s new Linde Center for Music and Learning.

  • The Austen Riggs Center is proposing the Four Freedoms of Mental Health, owed to all people struggling with mental illness, one of which is the Freedom to Pursue Recovery.

    One of our proposed Four Freedoms of Mental Health is the freedom to pursue recovery. 

    Recovery from mental disorders is a process that unfolds over time; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as “a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential” (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2019). Living a self-directed life is a cornerstone of recovery—and a central focus of treatment at Riggs. Given the real obstacles posed by stigma, limited clinical models to help address mental illness for many individuals, and lack of access to medically necessary treatment—especially in the tendency of many insurance entities to limit access to care to crisis stabilization—the prospect of achieving recovery can be daunting. 

  • Tom Insel, MD, will present at the Austen Riggs Center's centennial conference on the Mental Health Crisis in America on September 21-22, 2019.

    Co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health, former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and recently appointed “Mental Health Czar” for the state of California

    Dr. Insel will give the Session 1 keynote presentation, “Beyond Magical Thinking” on Saturday morning at the Austen Riggs Center Centennial Conference, “The Mental Health Crisis in America.” 

  • Celebrating 100 years of lives reclaimed at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    If you are a journalist who covers topics related to suicide, mental health, access to care, the politics/economics of health care, and related issues, this conference will provide you with access to leading thinkers and policy-makers.



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