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New Perspectives - Apr, 1995 Issue #33 

Comprehensive Programming For Emotionally Challenged Adults
Plainfield, Vermont
Ed Levin, Asst. Director

This facility was founded in 1983 to provide an appropriate service for young adults with a previous history of psychiatric hospitalizations. It offers ...group residential and apartment programs for adults with severe emotional challenges. Comprehensive services are offered by a highly trained staff within the context of a supportive community. The Inn offers both long and short term treatment. 

The short term transitional program allows for increased stabilization and long term planning following or perhaps even preventing a hospitalization. The long term program provides a range of living options including an on-site apartment or monitored apartment situation in the area. 

The program is highly individualized to respond to the treatment, vocational and social needs of a wide range of clients. Spruce Mountain Inn is an unusual resource in that the clients served may have substance abuse problems in addition to their psychiatric problems. An active relapse prevention program and substance abuse counseling is available right on site. Clients with a dual diagnosis are also involved in an active Twelve Step community in Central Vermont. 

The program's services are organized in a cost-effective format, providing a continuum of treatment with less intensive and less costly interventions available to all clients as they make progress. Fees are covered by many different insurance companies or private funds. 

The Inn has provided a new start on the road to independent functioning for many young adults with serious psychiatric problems. Referrals come from many sources including members of IECA, social workers from private psychiatric hospitals, mental health practitioners. 

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