Online IOP for College Students and Emerging Adults in MA in Network with Carelon


Nursing staff are on duty 24/7 and offer support, education, and assistance with medication management, assessment and intervention in crises, and encouragement in developing relationships with others while serving as role models for how to be a member of a community.

Understanding and Guidance

You can use your relationship with nursing staff in many different ways–to help bear difficult feelings, to recognize and change repetitive, self-defeating patterns of behavior, or to manage personal space and hygiene. Because nursing staff members get to know patients so well, they are often the first to notice when someone is becoming distressed and can intervene flexibly to prevent or respond to crises. Equally important, they are available informally, at meals and coffee hours and in common areas between meetings, fostering a relaxed and welcoming environment at the Inn and Community Center. In addition, nursing staff members are participants in the Therapeutic Community Program and, like all staff, work in a partnership with patients to help create a safe therapeutic environment.
You will have a dedicated nursing care coordinator as part of your treatment team who offers understanding and guidance in managing daily life at Riggs.
It is important to note that keeping yourself safe and asking for help are your foremost responsibilities in our open setting. Maintaining a working alliance with the nurses is an essential aspect of this. We expect you to bring to the nursing staff any concerns you have about your own or any other patient’s safety. There may be times when you are asked to sit with and tolerate uncomfortable feelings. While learning to bear such feelings is an important part of the treatment process, it is also essential that you clearly communicate to nursing staff if you are in need of immediate help.
Nursing staff encourage all patients to use words, rather than actions, to express their emotions. This verbal expression may allow you to defuse what might feel like a crisis so that healthier and more constructive options might be explored.

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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