Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community

A long term farm-based residential program in rural Vermont for individuals struggling with mental health and addiction issues.

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Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community offers a personalized approach to inpatient psychiatric care that empowers adults with mental illness and substance abuse issues to create fulfilling lives. Work, community, and clinical mental health treatment combine to create a dynamic therapeutic experience.

Program types:  Clinical residential, Farm/work-based Location:  Cuttingsville, VT Environment:  Private rooms in small residential homes on a 700-acre farm Number of residents:  28 Gender:  All Ages:  18+
Conditions treated include:
Depression Bipolar disorder Schizophrenia Anxiety PTSD Substance abuse Other disorders
Services include:
Psychiatry Therapy (individual and group) Medication monitoring Coping skills group Dual diagnosis group Hearing Voices Group Full range of fitness, wellness, sports and arts offerings Step down program with work and housing options

A Supportive, Respectful Place for Inpatient Mental Health Treatment

Founded in 1932, Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community offers inpatient mental health treatment to individuals with psychiatric illness and dual diagnosis on a 700-acre farm in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Work and a supportive residential community provide an opportunity for men and women ages 18 and older with psychiatric illnesses to restore their mental health. The work program is complemented by our psychiatrist and team of dedicated professionals who provide clinical expertise and treatment.

We believe that the process of healing and recovery can best take place in a mental health treatment setting that is supportive and respectful and where adults with mental disorders are treated as individuals, and are expected to contribute fully to the daily life of the community. Working together at Spring Lake Ranch, people with mental issues develop a sense of belonging, from which trust, self-esteem, and personal growth are natural consequences.

Spring Lake Ranch is licensed by the State of Vermont to provide residential treatment to people with mental illnesses including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, and other disorders.

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The Role of Work in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Work plays a critical role in the healing environment at Spring Lake Ranch. Each resident works five hours a day in collaboration with our residential treatment staff. Work options include:

  • Growing flowers and vegetables
  • Building and repairing furniture
  • Fixing tools and engines
  • Cutting firewood
  • Caring for cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs
  • Cooking
  • Sewing
  • Cleaning
  • Painting
  • Landscaping

Real work like this helps adults with mental issues to re-establish a daily rhythm, gain self-confidence, and experience the satisfaction of a job well done.

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Piglets at Spring Lake Ranch The sugar house at Spring Lake Ranch

Community-Based Wellness and Leisure-Time Activities

In the evenings and on weekends, residents of Spring Lake Ranch participate in a variety of community-based wellness and leisure time activities. Options here include:

  • Dual diagnosis group
  • Coping skills group
  • NA and AA meetings
  • Hearing Voices group
  • Fitness workouts
  • Tennis
  • Pottery
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Drumming
  • Yoga

Our unique combination of work, community, and clinical mental health resources makes Spring Lake Ranch a dynamic and therapeutic psychiatric rehabilitation experience.

More Independence and Transitional Living

At Spring Lake Ranch, we believe that adults with psychological disorders and addiction issues can gain the capacity to cope with their psychiatric issues by living and working with others, taking pride in caring for themselves, and experiencing satisfaction in the workplace.

The main goal of our residential treatment program is to help people who need mental health treatment to move toward an independent and fulfilling life in the community. Our transitional and extended programs, including Royce Street Home and Townhouse Apartments in nearby Rutland, Vermont, offer residents more independence and work experience while remaining supported by our staff of mental health caregivers.

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