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Wellspring offers a nurturing and home-like treatment center, different from many mental health residential facilities. The Arch Bridge School offers clinically-supported special educational services in a private school setting.

Admissions Process

The admission process for Wellspring’s residential programs and special education school is caring and confidential.  We welcome new residents and students to the Wellspring treatment community by rolling admission.  Referrals typically come from school districts, hospitals, educational consultants, treatment centers, wilderness programs, clinicians and family members.

Our first step is a phone conversation to determine whether Wellspring’s psychiatric and educational services are suitable for your loved-one.  We will communicate honestly and clearly to help you make the right decision for the best outcome. If our initial dialogue leads us to further exploration, we will begin to collect and review current clinical information and school records.

Typical Client Profile

The following list is a partial list of mental health issues that Wellspring works effectively with:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Dysthymia
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Relational Problems
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Other Personality Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis/Drug and Alcohol Misuse*
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Self-Injurious Behaviors

Individuals struggling with eating disorders and those with dual diagnosis will need to have successfully made a commitment to recovery to be considered for our programs.

I am here, because there is no refuge,
Finally from myself.
Until I confront myself in the eyes
And hearts of others,
I am running...

— Excerpt from "No Refuge" by Richard Beauvais, Ph.D

Criteria for admission includes:

  • Voluntary admission
  • Some motivation to change
  • Capable of participating in a treatment community
  • Not imminently dangerous to self or others
  • Not in an active phase of addiction
  • Able to participate in all therapeutic activities
  • Able to meet the cost of treatment
  • For Adolescent Girls Programs: Parent(s) or Guardian(s) are able and willing to be actively involved in the treatment process as indicated and recommended by the Treatment Team

Additional Criteria:

  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Family Adjustment Difficulties
  • Adoption Issues
  • School Refusal
  • Learning Disabilities and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Problems
  • Manipulation
  • Low Motivation
  • Hopelessness
  • Peer Issues
  • Entitlement

Our clients are bright and creative individuals with a complicated diagnostic picture that prevents them from establishing and maintaining healthy relationships.

— Nancy Thurston, Director of Admissions
mother and daughter embracing after hard emotional work

Will your loved one get better here?

If they’re willing to do the work…The Answer is Yes!

Wellspring is a wonderful place.  Before she got there, my daughter spent more than a year in and out of various placements to address her mental health.  No matter how great the program, she wasn’t getting any better.

Once she got to Wellspring, the fabulous staff offered her and our entire family the wrap around care that was needed to fully support her.  Her knowledgeable therapist understood what she was going through in ways we could not, and helped us understand.  The staff saw her through things she hadn’t been able to reveal before.  And during her time there, she attended school and realized how much she loves learning, made friends and even found a special connection to nature while participating in the land and animal program. Wellspring will always hold a special place in our heart.

— Parent
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