Spring Lake Ranch is a long-term, residential mental health program offering a continuum of care with programs in Cuttingsville and Rutland, Vermont. The Ranch Program is a farm-based therapeutic community and the Rutland Program offers a multifaceted aftercare program.
A Holistic Approach to Mental Health Care in a Community Setting
Spring Lake Ranch is a therapeutic community located on 700-acres in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Spring Lake Ranch has supported adults struggling with mental health disorders and dual-diagnosis since 1932, helping residents realize their potential through work and a supportive community. Spring Lake Ranch is licensed by the State of Vermont and focuses on long-term, residential treatment for schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, failure to launch, and many other psychiatric disorders.
Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community has four Work Crews – Gardens, Farm, Woods, and Shop – and residents are tasked with contributing to the daily life on our working farm. Many residents who come to Spring Lake Ranch have lost the spirit and stamina for work. We believe that through work, residents can become active participants in their lives once again in ways that are both enjoyable and transformative.
The Work Program is complemented by the Ranch’s Clinical Program, which includes regular meetings with our psychiatrist, weekly individual therapy sessions with dedicated, compassionate clinicians, and daily opportunities for group therapy, including SMART Recovery, Coping Skills, Dual Diagnosis, and Hearing Voices groups.
At Spring Lake Ranch, we seek to meet residents where they are at and treat every individual like a person with strengths and weaknesses, not a case or client.
The Role of Work in Recovery
Work plays a critical role in the healing environment at Spring Lake Ranch. Each resident works on average five hours a day, five days each week in collaboration with other residents and crew leaders. Residents have the opportunity to select which Work Crew they would like to be part of each week. Examples of tasks completed on Work Crews include:
- Growing flowers and vegetables
- Building and repairing furniture
- Repairing vehicles and small engines
- Splitting firewood
- Caring for cows, sheep, chickens, goats, llamas, pigs, and more
- Baking and cooking
We believe that daily work provides adults with mental issues opportunities to re-establish a daily rhythm, gain self-confidence, and experience the satisfaction of a job well done.
Community-Based Wellness and Leisure-Time Activities
Residents of Spring Lake Ranch participate in a variety of community-based wellness and leisure time activities, including:
- AA/NA/MA meetings both on the Hill and in the greater community
- Downhill and cross-country skiing
- Board and card games
- Book club
- Recreation trips 4 times each week, including trips to the local library, movies, bowling, concerts, poetry readings, and more
A Transition to Independence through the Rutland Program
Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community offers a multifaceted aftercare program with two locations in nearby Rutland. This includes the Royce Street Transitional House and the Townhouse, which is part of the Ranch’s Independent Apartment Living Program. Spring Lake Ranch’s Rutland Program offers direct admission to both its Rutland Program locations for clients who have not gone through the Ranch Program in Cuttingsville.
The Rutland Program’s Royce Street Transitional House is an option for residents looking to achieve a greater level of independence, while still being supported by Ranch staff and its programs. The Royce House includes six private bedrooms, and like the Ranch Program in Cuttingsville, is staffed 24 hours a day. Staff at the Royce House are available to help residents learn important life skills including budgeting, grocery shopping, meal prep, cooking, cleaning, employment and interviewing skills, and more. Clients at Royce House fill their days with a job, school, volunteering and other community activities. The Royce Street Transitional House is licensed by the State of Vermont.
Another option for residents looking to transition from Cuttingsville is the Rutland Program’s Independent Apartment Living Program. Spring Lake Ranch owns a Townhouse located in the center of Downtown Rutland, which includes seven private apartments. The Rutland Program provides case management services for individuals in these apartments, as well as for clients residing in individual apartments throughout Rutland. Case Managers have weekly check-ins with clients in independent apartments and provide support for everything from medication compliance to grocery shopping.Visit Spring Lake's Website