Adolescent Inpatient Program

Adolescence can be a time of upheaval and uncertainty. If your daughter or son is also struggling with serious social, emotional, or psychiatric issues, then short-term hospital care may be a necessary step toward a healthier, more rewarding life.

The Brattleboro Retreat's Adolescent Inpatient Program offers crisis stabilization, specialized treatment, and aftercare planning for young people ages 12 to 18. 

When Would an Adolescent Need Inpatient Care?

Many young people have experienced significant life trauma that contributes to low self-esteem, poor peer relationships, difficulty taking direction, and trouble making successful life transitions. With or without these hurdles, an adolescent can be in crisis due to any number of mental health or behavioral problems caused by, or related to:

  • Depression
  • Threatened or attempted suicide
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Chemical dependence
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Severe Anxiety Disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anger Management problems.

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Treatment Philosophy & Approach

We believe that inherent in each young person is the desire to be accepted and to do well. We utilize a strength-based, trauma informed and resiliency model of care, with a focus on deliberate and sensitive support for adolescents and their families as they learn new ways of understanding and managing their lives.

Our Adolescent Inpatient Program employs a multi-disciplinary team approach that is short-term, strengths-based, and skills oriented. A typical stay lasts from 4 to 14 days. We recognize that effective treatment and a successful return to home and community life depends on close collaboration with key individuals in your adolescent's life. We make that happen both during and after treatment by:

  • establishing ongoing communication with your family
  • working to coordinate services with the providers in your community.


For more information about inpatient care for Adolescents, and the Brattleboro Retreat’s other programs & services for mental health and addiction issues, call 802-258-3700 or go to our  Central Intake Department.