Information for Parents

Dear Parents,

If you are reading this, you are likely in a very difficult and confusing situation with your young adult child. Whether you are just beginning to think about residential treatment, or actively seeking a new program after a hospital stay, wilderness program, or other residential setting, the process of figuring out your options can be overwhelming. Our website is designed to answer your questions and help you sort out if Spruce Mountain Inn is the right place for your child to get the needed treatment and support services.

Here at Spruce, we offer a unique interdisciplinary residential treatment program for young adults 18-28 with mental health issues impacting mood and functioning, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and addictions issues. Our program model stands out in a sea of residential programs for our integration of quality mental health treatment, a comprehensive career and education development program, and independent living skills programming. We offer an unparalleled level of structure and supports as well as a progressive “step down” housing continuum that allows residents to try living with greater independence while still in treatment. It is our experience that young people who have struggled with mental health or substance abuse concerns are best equipped for success when their treatment extends beyond traditional therapeutic and psychiatric services to include real-world experiences where they can practice new skills while navigating the typical elements of adult life.

Parents play a critical role in the lives of their adult children who have decided to participate in treatment.  They walk a delicate line between respecting the privacy of their young adult family member while engaging in important decisions about next steps as a family.  We believe that parents’ understanding and support of the treatment here is essential to successful outcomes. We have found that residential treatment is generally most successful when family and other key supports are involved.

Our family work consists of two complementary family support services; parent coaching and case management conference calls.

Take a look around this site to see what our program has to offer. We would be happy to speak with you about your child and what has led you to a place of seeking residential treatment, and to explore whether Spruce Mountain Inn may be the right place for your family and your son or daughter to get a new start. We are committed to a comprehensive, thoughtful admissions process and will work with you to make sure your questions are answered and you have support throughout the steps. Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions, or to begin the admissions process.


Candace Beardsley, LICSW
Founder and Director, Spruce Mountain Inn