Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community

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

Fall colors on dirt road at Spring Lake Ranch Collecting maple sap at Spring Lake Ranch The lake at Spring Lake Ranch
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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.

Program types:  Clinical residential, Farm/work-based Location:  Cuttingsville and Rutland, VT Environment:  Single rooms in small cottages around the farm Number of residents:  28 Gender:  All Ages:  18+
Conditions treated include:
Depression Schizophrenia Schizoaffective Bipolar disorder Anxiety OCD PTSD Substance abuse
Services include:
Psychiatry Individual therapy Group Therapy (Coping Skills, Dual Diagnosis, Hearing Voices, Emotion Regulation, etc.) Medication management Team-advising model Wide variety of fitness, wellness, sports and arts offerings Transition services AA/NA/MA & SMART Recovery Direct admission into our Rutland 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.

Fall colors at Spring Lake Ranch

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.

Farm crew at Spring Lake Ranch House and flower garden at Spring Lake Ranch

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
  • Weaving
  • Landscaping
  • Sugaring

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.

Timber frame raising of the lake house at Spring Lake Ranch Repair shop at Spring Lake Ranch
The main house at Spring Lake Ranch Cooking with fresh veggies at Spring Lake Ranch

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
  • Tennis/basketball
  • Pottery
  • Downhill and cross-country skiing
  • Swimming/canoeing/kayaking/SUP
  • Music
  • Yoga
  • Tai-Chi
  • 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
Fire circle at Spring Lake Ranch Skiing at Spring Lake Ranch
Spring Lake Ranch's Rutland house The Chapel at Spring Lake Ranch

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.

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