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Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community

1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, Vermont, 05738
Spring Lake Ranch provides unique residential treatment options to address substance abuse issues and co-occurring mental health disorders. Spring Lake incorporates traditional therapies with work therapy, as residents are required to participate in all aspects of the upkeep of a working farm. Participation on the farm fosters a sense of community and contribution.

Facility Highlights

  • Yoga
  • Pottery
  • Skiing


  • Creative Arts Therapy

    Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
  • Holistic Therapy

    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Dr. Jennifer FauntLeRoy
    Dr. Jennifer FauntLeRoyPsychiatrist
    Dr. FauntLeRoy has been the treating psychiatrist at Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community since 2006. She sees residents at the Ranch every Wednesday, and residents in the Rutland program every Thursday. She is also available to staff by phone at any time, day or night. Dr. FauntLeRoy received her undergraduate degree in 1969 from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, and graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1978. After five years in General Practice in rural Southern Illinois, she returned to St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Boston to complete a residency in Psychiatry. Dr. FauntLeRoy was an APA/Mead Johnson Fellow in Community Psychiatry in 1985. She received Board Certification in Psychiatry & Neurology in 1988. She worked as a staff Psychiatrist at Tri-City Community Mental Health in Malden, Massachusetts, and concurrently worked as a private practice psychiatrist in Boston until 1997. Dr. FauntLeRoy came to Rutland, Vermont in 1998 to become Medical Director of the Psychiatric Services Unit at Rutland Regional Medical Center, where she was responsible for inpatient work, clinical care, program development, supervision, and crisis coverage. In 2005, she opened up her own private practice while continuing to provide on-call crisis coverage at Rutland Hospital. Since 2006, Dr. FauntLeRoy has been the sole provider of psychiatric services for Spring Lake Ranch in Cuttingsville and in our Rutland program.

Financial Details

  • Financing Available

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Founded in 1932 and located in Cuttingsville, Vt., Spring Lake Ranch is a private nonprofit facility; it is one of the 4 (9.5 percent) of Vermont facilities that offers long-term residential treatment. Services are available to individuals struggling with substance abuse, and is one of the 21 (50 percent) of Vermont facilities that provides treatment to adults with with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Detox services are not offered on-site; residents must be medically cleared and able to participate fully in all programming when admitted.


Treatment is community-based and centered around an experiential program on the rehab’s 700-acre working farm. Residents are assigned jobs designed to build self-esteem and confidence as well as reinforce basic values, such as teamwork, responsibility, and reliability. Duties are divided into four crews (farm, gardens, shop, and woods) on which the residents work for five hours a day. The length of stay typically is six to 12 months.

During non-working hours, residents attend on-site 12-step meetings and group therapy sessions. For individual counseling, the facility refers residents to local clinicians in the Rutland area, though a psychiatrist comes on-site twice a week. The treatment center is one of the 33 (78.6 percent) of Vermont facilities that offers 12-step facilitation.

Family involvement is limited at Spring Lake Ranch. Residents must be in treatment for at least one month before they can receive outside visits, which are limited to one per month. The facility offers adult education services for residents without high school diplomas, and enables some participants to take courses at local colleges.

Upon completing their stay, residents may opt to graduate to the Transitional Living Program in Rutland, which offers job assistance and housing as well as therapeutic and other support services.


A cross-section of mental health specialists, including a consulting psychiatrist, social workers, and team of clinical professionals, work at the facility. Many staff members live on-site and attend meals, lakefront activities, community events, and meetings. The staff at the Rutland program often work at the farm facility first and carry this experience over to their interaction with residents in the aftercare program.


Clients live in small, rustic cottages (single bedrooms and shared bathrooms) that accommodate two to eight people in each. The houses are clustered around the farmhouse, which serves as the center of the facility and contains offices, meeting rooms, and the communal dining room. According to the facility's website, "Nutritious and delicious meals at the Ranch often feature meat and produce from our own farm and gardens."

A tennis court and pottery studio sit nearby as well as living quarters for staff and their families. Other amenities include a fitness center, basketball court, game room, and wood shop.


Rehabs.com has yet to receive feedback for this facility from former clients. However, the 23 individuals who left reviews on Spring Lake Ranch's Facebook page, which it has the ability manage, gave an average of 4.4 out of five stars, and mostly positive feedback. [1]

"The ranch was such a great help to me and the betterment of my mental wellbeing," Megan wrote in a representative review.

To date, the eight individuals who left Google Reviews gave an average of four out of five stars, and overall positive commentary. "A truly effective approach to the rehabilitation and treatment of mental health and substance abuse. Excellent treatment center," an alum wrote in a representative review. [2]


To date, J.B., the one loved one who reviewed this facility to date, gave low ratings of one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and accommodations, but three out of five stars for meals. "What a nightmare," they wrote, continuing with "the Rutland program is an absolutely awful Rip off."


At the time of this writing, one staff member, R.H., gave the facility a mediocre rating of three out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, and indicated they wouldn't recommend Spring Lake Ranch. The reviewer wrote that while staff was caring and the dual diagnosis treatment was strong, the program was expensive.


Spring Lake Ranch is a private-pay facility that does not accept third-party insurance (including Medicare and Medicaid) for its program. According to its website, the daily fee for The Ranch program is $400 while the Rutland program is $295 per day. The fee covers private room and board as well as program and psychiatric services. It does not include expenses for medication.

Individuals in need of financial assistance are encouraged to apply for the facility’s Sarcka Scholarship Fund.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/springlakeranchvt/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[2] GoogleReviews

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