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New Community-Based Services Open at River Valley Therapeutic Residence

Submitted by Jessica.Whitak… on Fri, 05/19/2023 - 08:13

For Immediate Release: May 17, 2023 

Media Contact:  
Alex Frantz, Communications Director 
Vermont Department of Mental Health 

New Community-Based Services Open at River Valley Therapeutic Residence  


Waterbury, VT – River Valley Therapeutic Residence, a new 16-bed secure, step-down recovery residence, is pleased to announce its opening on May 8, 2023. The new community based facility provides a supportive and healing environment for individuals living with mental health challenges, offering a range of services to help residents achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. 

Located in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood in Essex, River Valley Therapeutic Residence features 24-hour support and supervision, medication management, therapeutic activities, and individualized treatment plans. The facility is designed to meet the unique needs of each resident and provide a safe and nurturing environment for recovery. 

The Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services (BGS) led the multi-year effort to design and construct the residential-style facility with uniquely designed areas where residents and staff members experience a sense of connection and community.  “It was an honor to support this critical need in the mental health care continuum and work closely with the Department of Mental Health and numerous stakeholders to create data-driven restorative spaces built for the comfort and safety of staff and residents alike. I would also like to thank the project team whose unwavering determination and hard work turned this vision into a reality,” said BGS Commissioner Jennifer M.V. Fitch, P.E.     

“We are excited to celebrate the opening of the River Valley Therapeutic Residence, which was made possible through the collective efforts of many state and local leaders” said River Valley Therapeutic Residence Executive Director Troy Parah. “The collaborative effort between organizations and agencies underscores Vermont’s commitment to improving access to high-quality mental health services and providing a supportive and inclusive environment for those in need of care.” 

The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and features spacious bedrooms, comfortable living areas, and outdoor spaces for relaxation and recreation. Residents will have access to shared community spaces for gathering, eating meals, gardening, and other activities which support community re-entry.  

"Opening River Valley Therapeutic Residence is a step towards addressing the pressing need for accessible and inclusive mental health services in our community," said Department of Mental Health Commissioner Emily Hawes. “We know that care facilities should feel more like a home than an institution, and that allowing easy access to nature helps residents feel safe and aids their recovery.” 


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