A Few Facts about the Austen Riggs Center


  • 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 use counselor. The team provides treatment and support from admission to discharge.
  • Each patient has individual psychotherapy four times each week with a doctor on staff.
  • Our clinical social workers conduct individual casework with each patient.
  • We also offer family consultation and/or therapy.
  • Riggs employs 29 doctors (MDs, PhDs, PsyDs) on its therapy staff, 7 clinical social workers, and 31 nursing staff members. Our average census is 59 patients.
  • Our milieu offers a therapeutic community, groups, nursing services, and an innovative Activities Program led by artisans and teachers.
  • 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, three hours from New York City, two hours from Boston, and one hour from Albany, New York..
  • We were founded in 1919 by Austen Fox Riggs, MD, 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 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 six-week Initial 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 page.