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Spruce Mountain Inn

Residential mental health treatment and transitional living for young adults in Central Vermont.

Spruce Mountain Inn provides intensive mental health treatment for young adults ages 18-28. We help our residents restore their mental health, increase their confidence, and create a brighter future.

Spruce Mountain Inn

PO Box 153

155 Towne Ave.

Plainfield VT 05667

Contact: Phone: 802-454-8353

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  • Program type:  Clinical residential

  • Location:  Plainfield, VT

  • Environment:  Double Occupancy rooms and then advancing into single apartments

  • Number of residents:  22

  • Gender:  All

  • Ages:  18-28

Conditions treated include:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Bipolar

  • Trauma

  • OCD

  • ADHD

  • ASD 1

  • Substance Abuse, co-occurring (we are not a substance abuse program)

Services include:

  • Weekly Individual Therapy

  • Weekly Family Therapy

  • Group Psychotherapy 3xs per week

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Experiential & expressive arts therapies

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and other trauma-informed therapies

  • Mindfulness-based therapy and related mindfulness

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and other trauma-informed therapies

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

  • Intensive career and educational supports (offering over 50 community-based placements/internships)

  • Supported volunteerism

  • Outdoor and adventure-based recreation

  • Health and wellness psycho-education groups

  • Art, music, theatre and writing groups

  • Relationship/interpersonal skills group

History of Exceptional Care for Young Adults with Mental Health Challenges

Spruce Mountain Inn, founded by Candace Beardsley in 1982, is not just a treatment program; it’s a symbol of hope and transformation for young adults with mental health challenges. Through innovative programs, exceptional leadership, and a commitment to excellence, Spruce Mountain Inn has touched the lives of countless individuals, enabling them to embrace a brighter future. As it continues to evolve and expand its impact, Spruce Mountain Inn remains a beacon of exceptional care for young adults seeking to overcome their mental health challenges and launch into a fulfilling and independent adulthood.

Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Treatment

Spruce Mountain Inn’s comprehensive treatment program offers a ray of hope for young adults struggling with mental health challenges. Designed specifically for individuals aged 18-28, the program addresses a wide array of issues that hinder daily functioning, independence, career prospects, and interpersonal relationships. This inclusive approach not only tackles symptoms related to anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma but also acknowledges the complexities of co-occurring substance abuse and process addictions, such as technology overuse.

What sets Spruce Mountain Inn apart is its commitment to a holistic and interdisciplinary team approach. By blending evidence-based therapies with social, community, and recreational activities, the program creates a nurturing environment where residents can heal and grow. The emphasis on building independent living skills, career development, and educational attainment is commendable, as it equips participants with the tools they need for a successful future.

One of the program’s standout features is its incorporation of Vermont’s natural beauty into the change process. By providing opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, cycling, canoeing, and swimming, Spruce Mountain Inn not only encourages physical wellness but also fosters a deep connection with nature—a therapeutic element that can be profoundly transformative.

The emphasis on seasonal activities showcases the program’s adaptability and attentiveness to the residents’ diverse needs. This approach ensures that participants can engage in meaningful experiences throughout the year, promoting a sense of stability and routine.

Spruce Mountain Inn’s approach stands as a beacon of hope and support for young adults navigating the complexities of mental health challenges. By offering a comprehensive and personalized program that integrates therapy, life skills development, and outdoor activities, the institution paves the way for individuals to reclaim their lives. The emphasis on holistic healing and the incorporation of Vermont’s natural wonders make Spruce Mountain Inn a truly unique and inspiring space for mental health recovery.

Community Integration and Step-Down Housing

Spruce Mountain Inn’s commitment to fostering independence and holistic well-being among its residents is truly commendable. The program’s approach to community engagement, educational pursuits, and employment opportunities aligns with the goal of equipping young adults with the skills and confidence needed for a successful transition into adulthood.

The emphasis on volunteer experiences, college courses, and paid employment not only enriches residents’ lives but also provides them with practical skills and experiences that are vital for personal and professional growth. Encouraging residents to explore the cultural and recreational offerings of Central Vermont demonstrates a holistic approach to healing, helping individuals build a well-rounded, balanced life.

The progressive approach to housing, with a “step-down” system, is a noteworthy aspect of Spruce Mountain Inn’s program. This system accommodates residents’ evolving needs as they gain stability and confidence. The availability of on-site studio apartments in the Annex and Walker Lane buildings ensures a supportive environment even as residents transition towards greater independence. The final step toward independence involves relocating from the on-site apartments to Greatwood Lodge, a home we own that is not situated on the Spruce Mountain Inn main property. This house provides young adults with a sense of independence while still offering a safety net.

Overall, Spruce Mountain Inn’s approach reflects a profound understanding of the unique challenges faced by young adults with mental health struggles. By providing a supportive and gradual path to independence, the program empowers residents to take control of their lives and build a foundation for a successful future. The program’s flexible housing options and its focus on community engagement, education, and employment opportunities demonstrate a commitment to holistic well-being and healing.

Is Spruce Mountain Right for You?

Spruce Mountain Inn warmly welcomes young adults seeking to enhance their mental health and achieve independence. Please feel free to contact us for inquiries regarding space availability or to schedule a visit; we look forward to hearing from you. However, kindly note that we are unable to admit individuals with a psychotic disorder, a primary substance abuse disorder, a history of antisocial, aggressive, or assaultive behavior, or cognitive disabilities.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that we are licensed by the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services, ensuring our commitment to upholding the highest standards of care and regulations.

We are licensed for residential mental health treatment by the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services.