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Spruce Mountain Inn

Residential Treatment Center and Young Adult Program

Spruce Mountain Inn Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 17 and Up
Grades: n/a
Estimated Enrollment: 12 Residential beds plus aftercare
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1982
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Spruce Mountain Inn Contact Information

PO Box 153
Plainfield, VT 05667
Phone: (802) 454-8353
Fax: (802) 454-1008
School Contact: Ed Levin, LICSW
Alternative Contact: Candace Beardsley, LICSW
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Spruce Mountain Inn offers a structured, comprehensive treatment program that combines therapeutic/psychiatric intervention, vocational development, substance abuse treatment and skills training within the context of a supportive community. The program is structured as a continuum of service with intensive sub-acute services, residential treatment, monitored apartment living, and day treatment services.

Spruce Mountain Inn has provided young adults with specialized treatment that balances therapeutic intervention, vocational and educational development and life skills training since 1983.

Because each client's needs are unique, Spruce Mountain Inn has developed a program that is comprehensive and flexible. Our "continuum of care" approach makes it possible for our clients to receive the kind of services they require in the most appropriate and least costly setting possible. Among our treatment options are sub-acute care, residential treatment, monitored apartment living, and intensive outpatient/day treatment services.

Our open ended treatment program provides a range of "step down" living options, from an on-site apartment to a monitored apartment in the community.

As personal goals are met, clients may elect to leave the area or may continue to receive reduced services to help them maintain the progress they have achieved.

Throughout the course of treatment, our clients receive an integrated program of individual and group treatment from a staff of committed and caring professionals whose members hold degrees in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology and Education.

When a client is in crisis, increased supervision and support as well as intensive psychiatric involvement, structure and containment are required. Our Sub-Acute Care Program offers these services in situations where the more intensive and expensive medical services of a hospital are deemed unnecessary. Spruce Mountain Inn offers an excellent community based alternative for short term stabilization of acute psychiatric symptoms. An admission to the Inn on a "sub-acute status" can replace a hospital stay. It can also help to shorten an inpatient stay by offering a post-hospital "step down" to assist a patient's transition to the community and outpatient services.

The Inn itself can house up to twelve individuals. Clients live in comfortable double or single rooms in a large house that previously was the President's House at Goddard College. Public areas are comfortably furnished and program participants are invited to bring decorations and other personal items to make their bedrooms homelike. Program participants also take part in cooking classes and/or meal planning and preparation; however, a professionally trained chef prepares many of our lunches and dinners.

Once a client has completed a successful period of residence on the premises, he or she can apply for a position in one of our three monitored on-site apartments, our unsupervised Greatwood Lodge, or a monitored independent living situation in the Central Vermont community. Once clients achieve their individual goals for treatment and independent living, they may be ready to leave the program and return home or elsewhere. Those who choose to remain local receive an appropriate but reduced level of maintenance services as part of our Apartment Program. We are happy to help with referrals for aftercare services in other locations outside of Central Vermont once services from Spruce Mountain Inn have ended.

SMI has developed and maintains a commitment to work with appropriate family members of residents in a number of ways designed to meet their diverse needs. Our goals include establishing and reestablishing healthy relationships between family members. This may include a family meeting and program orientation during the initial visit to the Inn, ongoing conference calls between the resident, his/her case manager and family member(s) and on-site family meetings as needed.

Fundamental to SMI's work with families is the belief that family understanding and support of the SMI treatment plan greatly enhances the recovery of their relative. While balancing the residents' rights to confidentiality, SMI acknowledges that the family has often been the "primary care giver" and shares the mutual goal of their loved one's increased autonomy and independence. We recognize that the family has, in most instances, been disrupted by the residents' treatment and persistent emotional challenges. We believe an educational and collaborative approach is an effective way for us to maintain both support to our client's family members and an openness to family members' concerns as their adult child progresses through the SMI program.

Our program may also offer support to clients' family members themselves. We encourage family members to consider additional support to manage the challenges involved when a family member is in residential treatment. Many family members find it very helpful to participate in support networks such as Al-Anon and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, or seek individual counseling in their home communities.

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