About Austen Riggs Center

The Austen Riggs Center is an internationally renowned therapeutic community, open psychiatric hospital, and center for clinical education and research—a place that promotes personal resilience and self-direction in adults (18+) with complex psychiatric problems. The Austen Riggs Center exists to help people with complex psychiatric disorders take charge of their lives. Our work is grounded in the centrality of human relationships, understanding the meanings behind symptoms, and respecting the individual’s authority and voice in their own treatment and their own life.

Our open campus setting is picturesque and inviting. Yet “open setting” means so much more to our therapeutic community and residential treatment. The absence of locked doors, barred windows, and privilege systems embodies our belief in the dignity and autonomy of the individual. We respect and listen to patients, who are free to openly examine and find meaning in their feelings and behaviors, developing their self-management skills with peer support and engaged clinical staff.

  • Residential Treatment
  • Dual-Diagnosis Treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Outpatient Services



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