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Inn Residential Programs

Located on the main campus of the Austen Riggs Center, the Inn is our primary residence, with 24-hour nursing availability and accommodations for approximately 40 patients.Located on the main campus, the Inn is our primary residence, with 24-hour nursing availability and accommodations for approximately 40 patients. All new patients are admitted to one the Inn programs to give them the opportunity to get to know members of the nursing staff, other members of their treatment team, and the patient community. After the case conference, the treatment team may recommend a lower level of care, but many patients remain in an Inn program beyond six weeks. While living in the Inn, all patients have full access to our Therapeutic Community Program.

Resembling a New England historic inn more than a hospital, there are three floors that include mostly single rooms (a few doubles), some with private baths, others with shared bathrooms. The medication closet and nurse's station are located on the second floor. Community space includes a dining room offering buffet-style meals, a library, a fully-equipped modern gym, and many relaxing common areas where one can find nursing staff or other patients, day or night.

Patients in the Inn Residential Programs (outlined below) are developing their treatment alliance and require proximity to nursing support. 

Inn Residential Program–Admission with quarantine: The Austen Riggs Center has developed a version of our longstanding Inn Residential Program to allow us to resume admitting patients, while at the same time observing rigorous protocols to safeguard our community from the novel coronavirus. This level of care uses quarantine and virus testing for new patients, while offering our highest degree of nursing support. Read more here: www.austenriggs.org/admission-with-quarantine.

Inn Residential Program – Nursing (IRP-N): Patients in IRP-N are offered a daily meeting with the nursing staff to support self-management. Patients have access to a program group aimed at developing their abilities to turn to peers for support.

Inn Residential Program – Group (IRP-G): IRP-G is for patients who are capable of using peer support to contain and learn from their symptomatic behaviors. In addition to the other offerings of the Therapeutic Community Program, patients in IRP-G have access to two groups per day, making this the most group-intensive residential program. Though nursing support is available, it is less intensive than the support patients receive in IRP-N. 

Voluntary Hospital Program: This program is a short-term, fully open and voluntary inpatient level of care in the Inn. The program is for patients who are in need of more intensive engagement in order to re-establish their ability to work collaboratively to keep themselves safe in our open setting, or to clarify their need for the interventions available in a locked setting.

In addition, Program Assessment Status is a short-term stay for patients in any program who temporarily need more support through increased contact with nursing staff and/or peers. During this time, if needed, they can work with staff to reassess whether they are in the right level of care before returning to their program or transitioning to a different program.