Residential Treatment Facilities

American Residential Treatment Association (ARTA)

ARTA is composed of more than 30 member facilities offering residential care to adults with serious mental challenges, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, personality disorders, and disorders combined with substance abuse.


Austen Riggs Center (MA)

Established in 1919 and located in Stockbridge, MA, Riggs is known for its internationally-recognized tradition of providing intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy in a voluntary, open, and non-coercive community. Patients not helped in other settings can often benefit from deeper, more thorough psychodynamic evaluation and treatment. Riggs offers a continuum of inpatient and residential programs and services within a core treatment framework that remains consistent throughout the patient’s stay.

To view a video about Riggs hosted by Sam Waterston, click here.

Clearview Treatment Programs (CA)

Clearview Treatment Programs is a recognized leader in mental health treatment providing highly individualized treatment programs for people with psychiatric disorders, alcohol and drug addictions, and dual diagnosis. Its specialized programs treat people who have struggled to achieve recovery from their psychiatric disorder or addiction in other programs or psychiatric hospitals. Clearview operates multiple treatment centers in the Southern California beach communities and the Los Angeles area, offering a full continuum of care. Its  treatment programs include:

      • A Center for Borderline Personality and Emotional Disorders, which offers residential treatment and day treatment
      • A Center for Psychiatric Disorders and Addictions, which offers residential treatment, day treatment, extended care, outpatient treatment, and drug and alcohol detox

Clearview’s focus is on the underlying causes of one’s psychiatric disorder and addiction, not just the symptoms, ensuring a more comprehensive recovery. The expert staff at our premier residential, day, and outpatient treatment centers can help address the following disorders:

      • Dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders
      • Drug addiction and alcoholism
      • Abuse and trauma
      • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
      • Depression and anxiety
      • Bipolar Disorder
      • Personality disorders
      • Eating disorders
      • Codependency
      • Sexual addiction

Colorado Recovery (CO)Colorado Recovery

Colorado Recovery (CR) provides adults with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other serious mental illness, access to a community-based residential treatment facility, intensive outpatient treatment, and rehabilitation services. CR operates a residential treatment facility, Balsam House, in Boulder, Colorado. Its staff provides 24-hour supervision for residential treatment and a full range of on-site psychiatric services.

Transitional services and support are provided to clients who have recently moved into independent living in the community. Clients who have achieved stability in the community receive individualized outpatient treatment. CR provides psychiatric rehabilitation services, with an emphasis on getting clients back to work. Psychiatric medication is prescribed sensitively, in tune with the individual’s needs.

 CR is committed to helping adults with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or other serious mental illness, to improve their quality of life and achieve greater social inclusion. In an atmosphere of caring support, Colorado Recovery’s psychiatric care and case management services are provided to adults diagnosed with:

    • schizophrenia
    • bipolar disorder
    • schizoaffective disorder
    • depression with or without psychotic features
    • dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse
    • other psychotic disorders

With the intensive outpatient and psychiatric rehabilitation services available through Colorado Recovery, clients can get back to work and move into independent living in the community. Individualized outpatient treatment programs support clients who have achieved stability to integrate within the community.

Colorado Recovery  helps clients live productively with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders by providing: 

    • psychiatric services
    • case management
    • medication management and monitoring
    • group therapy
    • socialization and recreation activities
    • psychosocial rehabilitation including supported employment
    • educational support

The director and chief psychiatrist of Colorado Recovery, Richard Warner, has an international reputation for providing services to people with schizophrenia and other types of serious mental illness.


Cooper Riis  (NC)

 Cooper Riis’ healing mission is to enable individuals, whose lives are impeded by mental illness or emotional distress, to develop their capabilities for creativity, wholeness, relationship and optimal health, so that they can achieve their highest levels of fulfillment and functioning and respond productively to their future challenges and opportunities for growth.

Below is a 2009 interview with founders Don and Lisbeth Cooper which describes CooperRiis’ therapeutic community approach:

Elpida House (CA)

Elpida House in Marin County, CA, is a private, non-profit organization that has provided caring, residential treatment for adults facing mental health problems since 1993.  Our team of dedicated mental health professionals is committed to providing high quality care in a nurturing home environment.  Residents in our programs receive daily case management and medication monitoring, intensive group therapy, weekly individual psychotherapy, daily exercise, stress management classes, recreational outings and socialization activities, and independent living skills training that is tailored to the needs of each individual.  We also offer in-home case management services to adults living in the community.

Four Circles Recovery Center (NC)

Four Circles Recovery Center is an innovative wilderness-based treatment program for young adults ages 18-28 who are struggling with addiction, substance abuse, and co-occurring mental health issues. Blending the best of all avenues of clinical treatment, Four Circles harnesses the power of the wilderness to change lives, while integrating proven traditional approaches like individual and group counseling, the 12-step philosophy, and a range of cutting-edge clinical services. Four Circles is a member of the CRC Health group of treatment centers.

Gould Farm (MA)

Gould Farm is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental illness move toward recovery, health and greater independence through community living, meaningful work and individual clinical care. In a supportive community environment made up of residents, staff and their families, it helps adults with depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia begin to rebuild and regain their lives. Gould Farm offers a full continuum of care, with a Boston-area program for those ready for new challenges and structured transition.

To watch an independent PBS video documentary on Gould Farm produced by Visionaries, Inc. and WGBY and hosted by Sam Waterston, click here.

Hanbleceya (WA and CA)

With programs in Seattle and San Diego, Hanbleceya is an organization providing multiple levels of treatment for  adult individuals suffering from mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD and dual diagnoses. Hanbleceya’s licensed, adult residential facility, semi-independent living program and transitional outpatient program provide the full spectrum of treatment choices for families looking to support their loved-one in bringing healthy change to their lives. Founded in 1979, our program provides compassionate and comprehensive treatment within a therapeutic community structure where individuals are given the opportunity to experience genuine connection and bonding with others. This unique program functions under the belief that individual healing is optimized in a supportive, community atmosphere that fosters personal empowerment and a balanced life. The Hanbleceya community offers a safe and loving environment in which members learn to respond to themselves, to others, and situations in the world in an authentic and effective way.

See a 9 minute video overview of Hanbleceye’s program  below.

Hundred Acre Homestead (VT)

Hundred Acre Homestead was created to meet the unique needs of
individuals working to restore their mental and emotional balance and
return to normal life. Through meaningful work, play and the
participation in a larger community, Hundred Acre Homestead helps
individuals gain insight and develop tools that can help them
to regain their hopes and pursue their dreams. The daily chores
and seasonal cycles of our small Vermont farm provide invaluable
opportunities for individuals to cultivate positive, healthy feelings;
build motivation; develop a sense of purpose; and experience the
personal pride that comes with true accomplishment. The healing
environment of Hundred Acre Homestead respects the personal goals of
each individual as they learn and grow in a small, structured, family
environment. The practical experiences, peer interactions and
life-lessons that are a part of every day on the farm will last a

Lakewood Residential Treatment Center (FL)

Established in 1989, Lakewood Center is a long-term treatment facility for adults with chronic mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, Asperger’s and depression. Lakewood residents enjoy a safe, supportive environment in dormitory style residences and apartment homes. The programs vary in degree of structure and supervision to meet the specific emotional, social and physical needs of the residents.

Lifeskills South Florida (FL)

Lifeskills South Florida is a privately held company that has been providing care in behavioral health since 1991. Lifeskills offers clients and their families affordable treatment options in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Its South Florida facility offers individuals a warm and comfortable setting to get well. Lifeskills provides residential and outpatient treatment services for adults with psychiatric, chemical addiction and trauma based disorders. Lifeskills is licensed by the Florida Department of Children & Families and CARF accredited.Treatment at Lifeskills focuses not only on the presenting problem but also on the underlying issues which contribute to the disorder. Lifeskills utilizes a bio-psycho-social-family systemic approach to treatment, which allows client’s treatment plans to be individualized while utilizing the best traditional and leading current modalities of treatment.

Menninger Clinic (TX)

Menninger is a leading psychiatric hospital in Houston, TX, dedicated to treating individuals with mood, personality, anxiety and addictive disorders, teaching mental health professionals and advancing mental healthcare through research.

Merry Meadow Farm (VT and NH)

Merry Meadow Farm bridges the gap between the custodial care of an institution and the demands of independent living. Merry Meadow helps its residents develop positive alternatives to their habits and behaviors, leading them toward improved social skills and a greater level of self-esteem. We tailor our support to the individual, their strengths, goals and overall well being. Some Residents are working to transition into independent living while others are looking only to live a better life.

Merry Meadow Farm has been a licensed Therapeutic Community Residence since 1980. It offers 4 separate residential homes in the Bradford, VT and Hanover, NH areas. Its support staff includes a recreational counselor, an art therapist, a nutritionist, a staff psychologist and a number of adjunct physicians and therapists.

Project Transition (PA)



For over thirty two years, Project Transition has provided hope and healing to adults with serious mental illness. Its members are part of a residential treatment program that promotes sustainable recovery from mental illness. Each mental health treatment program is located in an apartment setting with several locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Many of the people PT works with have felt failed by previous treatment efforts, and have experienced extensive stays at psychiatric hospitals and drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Our members come from diverse backgrounds and have been diagnosed with various psychiatric disorders including depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and personality disorders such as BPD. Many are diagnosed with co-occurring disorders with drug and alcohol dependency.

Project Transition cultivates trust and hope through relationships, treatment, skill development, wellness training, and supervised independent living. We promote sustainable recovery through three main areas of focus:

  •  The treatment and self-management of psychiatric difficulties (with or without co-occurring substance use disorders)
  • The restoration of functioning, relationships, and self-direction
  • Reintegration into the community

Each of Project Transition residential programs provide daily therapeutic treatment and is comprised of approximately 30 members who live in apartments within the same complex. Up to three roommates share a furnished apartment. Most neighbors of Project Transition members are everyday tenants and are not associated with our program.  This reflects social reality, reinforces normalcy and responsibility, and reduces stigma.

All of PT’s programs have nearby off-site locations that serve as the activity hub of the community.  This is where group therapy, workshops, individual sessions, and community meetings occur. While public transportation is available nearby, each program is equipped to transport individuals as needed.  Staff is on-site daily from 9 am to 9 pm and members have access to a 24/7 skills coaching/crisis response system.

Retreat at Sheppard Pratt

The Retreat is a premiere, self funded psychiatric setting operated by the nationally renowned Sheppard Pratt Health System, located in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD. The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt consists of one fourteen bed unit designed for patients seeking a comprehensive evaluation and intensive treatment experience in a psychotherapeutic milieu, unencumbered by the payment policies of third parties. The Retreat offers an elegantly appointed setting for an intermediate length of stay of several weeks to several months. Approximately 40% of its patients have psychiatric conditions complicated by alcohol or substance abuse (dual diagnosis). These problems are addressed comprehensively at The Retreat in the context of the whole person, within a supportive psychotherapeutic framework.

Rose Hill Center (MI)

Rose Hill Center is a mental health treatment center that offers comprehensive psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation services in a peaceful setting.  Located on a 372-acre campus that includes woodlands, lakes and fields, Rose Hill combines a pastoral, healing environment with highly competent staff, a therapeutic work program, group and individual therapy, and medication management.  Its goal is to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining psychiatric stability and their highest level of independence.

Seabrook House (NJ, PA)

Seabrook House is a private and exclusive inpatient drug rehab and alcoholism detox treatment center. It operates two facilities. Our main rehab facility is located in rural Bridgeton, New Jersey, only a 90 minute drive from New York City. Our extended-care luxurytransitional rehab is located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, near Elmira/Corning New York Regional airport.

Silver Hill Hospital (CT)

Silver Hill Hospital is an academic affiliate of Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. The mission of Silver Hill Hospital is to provide our patients with the best available treatment of mental illness and addiction; and to offer continuing support, counseling and education to our patients and their families in every phase of illness and recovery.

Skyland Trail (GA)

“Skyland Trail [in Atlanta, Georgia] is a non-profit, community-based residential and day mental health treatment facility for adults with serious mental illness. Our clients come with a broad spectrum of treatment histories, from repeated hospitalization to no previous psychiatric treatment. Skyland Trail’s skilled, dedicated clinical staff is eager to assist in recovery. The most important factor is the client’s full engagement in treatment, starting with renewed hope that a healthier, more stable future is possible. We provide the framework in which hope becomes reality — psychiatric and medical services, medication, counseling, education, social environment and activities, adjunctive therapies based on the client’s interests, vocational services, family involvement.”

Spring Lake Ranch (VT)

Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community offers licensed residential treatment and a variety of transitional options in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Since its founding in 1932, Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community has offered a healing community for people with mental illness, substance abuse issues, or dual diagnosis.  At the core of the Ranch is the belief that recovery can best begin in a community where each person is respected and contributes.  At the Ranch, people are treated as individuals, not as patients or cases. Spring Lake Ranch is a working community in which all members contribute in their own unique ways. In taking an active role in the work and life of the community, people can regain the sense of self often forgotten in the course of a long illness or addiction. Our experiential learning approach, combined with new advances in individual therapeutic technique and pharmacology, make the Ranch a dynamic therapeutic experience in a natural and inclusive environment.

Treatment Centers of America

Treatment Centers of America is the recently changed name of Therapeutic Communities of America. Pioneered in the late 1950’s, the therapeutic community movement spread across the nation bringing a way out of self-destructive behavior for those who were thought often to be beyond recovery.  The primary goal of a Therapeutic Community is to foster individual change and promote positive growth. This is accomplished by changing an individual’s lifestyle through a community of concerned people working together to help themselves and each other.

Therapeutic Communities offer a holistic approach in regards to treating the whole person and not just the addiction. Clients in a Therapeutic Community (TC) are members, as in a family setting, are not patients, as in an institution. These members play a significant role in managing the TC and act as positive role models for others to emulate.

High expectations and a high level of commitment from both Therapeutic Community members and staff are needed to make this positive change a success. Insight into ones problems is gained not only through group and individual interaction, but also by learning through experience, failing and succeeding and understanding accountability are considered to be the most integral influences toward achieving a lasting change.

The goal of the TC is to help the individual gain the ability to return to society and lead productive lives. Many TCA member programs now provide  assessment, detoxification, crisis intervention, ER triage, residential and outpatient treatment, family therapy and  education, vocational training, medical and health services, aftercare, and continuing care.

Wellness Resource Center (FL)

Wellness Resource Center provides affordable addiction treatment to men and women, ages 18 and older, who are suffering from dual diagnosis of psychiatric illness and chemical dependency. In a safe, nurturing environment, its patients overcome habitual, self-defeating behaviors and begin to take positive steps toward optimal health and wellness. Through an individualized, integrated approach, its patients strive for wellness in all areas of life – physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. Its multidisciplinary team of licensed mental health counselors and master’s level therapists uses a wide variety of treatment approaches tailored to the individual needs of each patient. Psychiatry, intensive psychotherapy, and 12-step addiction work are woven throughout all phases of treatment, along with a wide selection of experiential and expressive therapies.

Wild Acres InnsWild Acres Inns (MA)

Wild Acre Inns offers mental health residential treatment and partial programs at five community residential treatment facilities in Massachusetts. Founded in 1972 by psychiatrist Dr. Bernard S. Yudowitz, Wild Acre Inns has earned the reputation as a leading mental health agency in Massachusetts. The programs offer dynamic therapeutic communities that provide an effective and unique approach to residential treatment and day programs. Wild Acre Inns offers a Continuum of Care which provides varying therapeutic stages as the client progresses towards independence.

Windhorse Integrated Mental Health (MA, CA)

“Windhorse has been developing its innovative approach to recovery from psychiatric distress since 1981. The first Windhorse center was established in Boulder, Colorado by Naropa Institute faculty members Jeff and Molly Fortuna and Dr. Edward Podvoll, a psychiatrist and author of the book Recovering Sanity .Through their work in East/West Psychology at The Naropa Institute, the Windhorse founders developed the skills of mindfulness/awareness which they integrated with their approach to assisting persons with severe mental distress. Today, the cultivation of mindful attention to body, mind and environment and the development of true compassion are core values of the Windhorse philosophy of healing. Windhorse Associates was incorporated as a private, non-profit nondenominational health care organization in Northampton [MA] in 1993.”

To watch an independent PBS video documentary on Windhorse produced by Visionaries, Inc. and WGBY and hosted by Sam Waterston, click here.

Yellowbrick (IL)

Yellowbrick is a Chicago-based private, physician-owned and operated psychiatric healthcare organization that provides a full-spectrum, specialized approach to the emotional, psychological and developmental challenges of emerging adults. Yellowbrick recognizes and addresses the unique challenges of the emerging adult population through programs that emphasize multi-specialty evaluation, therapeutic residences, research-based strategies and life-skills interventions.

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2 Responses to Residential Treatment Facilities

  1. Jon Wonnell says:

    This is a great resource and has a lot of valuable information. I can imagine that once more people become aware of it and share their experience and wisdom, it will truly harness the power of the web. It will then become even more valuable.

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  2. minnie flanagan says:

    If these institutions really cared about our mentally ill citizens, and their poor families who suffer as much pain, they wouldn’t charge such prohibitive rates.

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