Brattleboro Retreat

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One Anna Marsh Lane, P.O. Box 803
Brattleboro, VT 05301
8022577785 Visit Website

Paying for Treatment

  • Insurance is Accepted
  • Financing is not Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

The Brattleboro Retreat is a psychiatric hospital and treatment center providing behavioral health services, including substance abuse treatment for children, adolescents and adults. Services include assessment, intervention, inpatient mental health and addiction treatment, intensive outpatient care, a partial hospitalization program, dual diagnosis, addiction education, and relapse prevention groups.

Brattleboro Retreat Reviews and Ratings Details

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Each person would have different experience


Not enough qualified counselors and/or supervision.


My loved one went there and he was taken in the same night we called. But we couldn't afford to have him stay longer.


Honesty, timed schedule were the best parts. Paperwork take too long They were very good with my son, They made him comfortable and not scared.


Staff was good.


Location was the best part. Treatment plan,follow through,security not that great., My children's father went there,as well as many others like it,and it was not very helpful.


Skilled staff Old building Wonderful treatment center with extremely knowledgable and compassionate staff!


staff is great and will give you one to one time Sometimes everyone with different problems are mixed together People with mental illness don't want to be around people who have brought problems on th...


Large enough to quickly admit new patients Poor assistance with transferring to further care Good place to start rehab, but lacks in assisting with making sure people are able to get into or actually ...


the employees are fantastic. The food, not the healthiest. I would recommend them, the staff truly cares about the people.


They had no idea how to safely help someone dependent on Benzodiazapines. Avoid this place like the plaque.


they were all well trained and very attractive


Therapy, Staff, additional groups like yoga, and the area were strengths of the facility. They care about the patients. You can trust the staff and feel safe there. Do it for yourself. You are worth i...


Good staff. Bad food.


they denied her because of insurance not paying for it. it was not affordable.


Staff is very caring. This place saved my life.


I was not the one that attended.


The staff was very kind. I was afraid to go but it was worth it. However, it was too expensive.


The accessibility was a benefit of the facility, but the size of the facility was a downfall.


It was local, which was nice. However, it shouldn't be free for service.


They could have had a better 12-step program and more family involvement; however, it was otherwise a great facility.


Overall the program helped me realize that hurting myself would also hurt others and that my life is worthwhile.


Brattleboro retreat is completely ineffective ... and the staff is overworked and uncaring. We sent our son there with high hopes after much research into possible treatment. We even visited the facil...


In 1985, I relapsed. Went back in 1986, and have been clean & sober since. There was always someone to talk to.


Staff was professional but warm. Only complaint was little access to exercize and outdoors.


Staff is attentive and for those motivated to change quite effective. No family events but social worker counselor couple support


Our friend had struggled and had been in many treatment programs across the decades with unsuccessful results. This had an amazing impact that changed his life and his family's life.


I have heard that the Retreat has gotten a lot better. It was a bit overcrowded when I was there. Changed medication without consulting my Psychiatrist.

Areas of Focus
BRIDGES (The Brattleboro Retreat Individually Developed & Guided Education Services)

BRIDGES (The Brattleboro Retreat Individually Developed & Guided Education Services) is an alternative day school program serving students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade, ages 5-22. BRIDGES is part of the Meadows Educational Center at the Brattleboro Retreat, which is a state-approved independent school, under the leadership of Garth D. Grennan, MS.Ed., CAS, principal and director of Educational Programming.

Children's Residential Program

Expert Residential Care for Children Ages 6 to 14. The Abigail Rockwell Children's Center (ARCC) is a multi-track treatment center located in a home-style dwelling that accomodates 11 children. This smaller home setting is ideal for specialized programming to help children who are transitioning from childhood to adolescence.

Key Staff Members
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    Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr., MPH - President and Chief Executive Officer

    Dr. Rob Simpson was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brattleboro Retreat in 2006. He joined the Retreat with more than 30 years of commitment to the treatment of individuals experiencing mental health and addiction issues, as well as extensive experience in the management of mental health and substance abuse programs. He is a graduate of Amherst College, Simmons College (MSW), Harvard University (MPH) and the University of Utah where he earned a doctorate in Social Work.

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    Frederick "Fritz" Engstrom, MD - Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Fritz Engstrom received his medical degree from the University of Rochester. He is board certified in general psychiatry, and his expertise includes evaluating and treating people who require medication for problems including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In addition to his role as Medical Director at the Brattleboro Retreat, Dr. Engstrom teaches extensively at symposia across the country. He is also the author of the book Movie Clips for Creative Mental Health Education. Dr. Engstrom is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.