River Valley Therapeutic Residence

A recovery-oriented environment with a connection to nature.

Essex Junction, VT
Delivery Method
CM at-Risk
State of Vermont
Year Complete

Project Overview

This 20,000-square-foot physically secure mental health residence for the Vermont Department of Mental Health addresses the state’s critical need for step-down facilities. The one-story facility is focused on providing a recovery-oriented environment that allows for both therapeutic services and a connection to nature for Vermonters facing mental health challenges.

The facility includes16 secure patient beds, a resident skills kitchen and dining area, a multipurpose room, exercise space and a secure outdoor patio and green space. The interior is designed to make the patients feel more at home while ensuring the highest level of safety. Safety features include bedroom lighting with integrated night lights, anti-ligature plumbing and millwork, laminated interior windows with shatterproof glass, and high security windows and doors.

The space also provides flexibility for onsite nursing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Square-Foot Mental Health Residence


Secure Patient Beds for Step-Down Care


Onsite Patient Care Nursing Capabilities