All Kinds of News for September 13, 2017
Mountain Valley Treatment Center (MVTC) has recently purchased a spectacular piece of property in Plainfield, NH and will be relocating during the holidays. The Plainfield location will continue MVTC's mission and daily programming, while expanding the aspects that have made the Pike campus unique and successful.
The new location will be on 25-acres of land settled by Thomas Gallup in 1763. The Gallup Homestead, built in 1818, was owned by the Gallups until 1912 – ending a remarkable six-generation ownership. Since then, the Federal-style brick home has been used as a private home and, most recently, an inn. The intention is to use this magnificent building for administrative offices, residents’ rooms and dining. The Carriage House, located directly behind the main building, will also be used as a dormitory. A third building, also on the campus, will serve as our Clinical Center and feature office space for our therapists, nurses and psychiatrists. Other on-campus buildings will be used for Residential Staff offices and programming – art, yoga, gardening and the animals.
As a community and a team, MVTC is already begining to prepare a seamless transition to the new campus. Contractors are currently in Plainfield making sure that the facilities are ready for (up to) 24 residents and our clinical and residential staff. In the next few weeks, the residents will begin to spend Tuesdays in Plainfield engaged in therapeutic programming – and becoming accustomed to what for some of them will become their new MVTC home. They, like the staff, are very excited about this opportunity – one that would not have happened without the support, guidance and leadership from our advisors, parents and, especially, our former residents.
Since 2011 the Pike location has served MVTC well, however, as the treatment program further evolves, here are several reasons for the change:
Safety – With all needed facilities on one central campus, our residents and staff will spend far less time in vans driving to dormitories and programming locations.
Geography – Plainfield is significantly closer to Hanover and Lebanon, NH, as well as other destinations for therapeutic programming opportunities and medical appointments. The Plainfield campus is also minutes away from the Lebanon Airport, the I-89/I-91 junction and the Dartmouth College campus, and approximately an hour closer to Manchester, Boston and New York.
Programming Opportunities – All the experiential education modules that have helped to make the MVTC experience unique will still occur on the Plainfield campus – gardening, fitness, hiking, biking, etc. But there is also a clay tennis court, a pitch and putt golf course and acres of pastures for our animals – including the chickens and their Cadillac Coop. Outdoor activities are going to be closer, like the the Connecticut River, for easier access to canoeing, kayaking and fishing, and Mt. Ascutney and Mt. Sunapee for skiing and hiking. The new immediate neighbors include a Christmas tree farm, an equestrian center, a dairy, orchards and a nursery and farm stand.
About Mountain Valley Treatment CenterMountain Valley Treatment Center, a not for profit program, was founded in 2011 to provide intensive residential treatment to adolescent boys and girls and emerging adults struggling with severe anxiety, OCD and other related disorders. Located in Pike, NH at the edge of the White Mountain National Forest, Mountain Valley stands apart from like providers because of its specialization, its unique setting and its comprehensive approach to care. Residents typically spend 60-90 days at MVTC taking advange of the most effective evidence-based treatments through individual, group and family therapy, conducted in a caring, supportive and ethical fashion that meet the unique needs of the individuals, and the expectations of the professional practice of social work, psychology and psychiatry.