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Inn Residential Programs

When you begin treatment at the Austen Riggs Center you will live at the Inn, our main residence, for at least your first six weeks while you get to know us and begin to allow yourself to be known.

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An Inviting Atmosphere of Care

Located on the main campus, the Inn is our primary residence, with 24/7 nursing availability and accommodations for approximately 40 patients. When you accept an offer of admission, you’ll enter one of our Inn programs, which will give you an opportunity to get to know members of the nursing staff, other members of your treatment team, and the patient community.
If, as most do, you remain at Riggs after the initial six-week period of evaluation and treatment, your treatment team may approve a lower level of care, but most remain in an Inn program beyond six weeks. While living in the Inn, you’ll have full access to our Therapeutic Community Program and our Activities Program.
Resembling a New England historic inn or college building more than a hospital, there are three floors that include mostly single rooms, some with private baths, others with shared bathrooms. The nurse's station and medication dispensing closet are conveniently located near patient rooms, while community space includes a dining room offering buffet-style meals, a library, a fully equipped modern gym, and many relaxing common areas where you can find nursing staff or other patients, day or night.
Inn Residential Programs
Inn Residential Programs are designed to help you develop your treatment alliance while in close proximity to nursing support.
Inn Residential Program–Nursing (IRP-N):
IRP-N offers a daily meeting with the nursing staff to support self-management. In this program, you’ll have access to a program group aimed at developing your abilities to turn to peers for support.
Inn Residential Program–Group (IRP-G):
IRP-G encourages using peer support to contain and learn from symptomatic behaviors. In addition to the other offerings of the Therapeutic Community Program, when you are in IRP-G, you’ll 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 (VHP):
VHP is a short-term, fully open, and voluntary inpatient level of care in the Inn offering a brief period of more intensive engagement in order to re-establish your ability to work collaboratively to keep yourself safe in our open setting, or to clarify your need for the interventions available in a more secure setting.
Program Assessment Status (PAS):
People in any program who temporarily need more support can enter PAS. During this brief time, you work with staff to assess whether you are in the right level of care before returning to your program or transitioning to a different program.

Your Treatment Experience

While your treatment will reflect your own choices, all of our residential treatment programs start with intensive psychotherapy as the core, and include a range of complementary elements.

Admission Process

If other treatments haven’t worked, Riggs may be right for you. Unlike some other psychiatric hospitals in Massachusetts or elsewhere, our relational, patient-centered treatment approach addresses underlying issues, not just symptoms.

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