The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital
6501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Donald R. Ross, M.D.
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The Retreat consists of a 14 bed unit designed for patients seeking a comprehensive
evaluation and intensive treatment experience in a psychotherapeutic milieu, unencumbered
by the payment policies of third parties. The Retreat offers an elegantly appointed
setting for an intermediate length of stay of several weeks to several months.
The Retreat offers a multi-disciplinary treatment approach to a variety of psychiatric
conditions that can be treated safely and effectively in a voluntary, unlocked environment.
Individualized treatment involves at least four elements:
- psychopharmacological interventions
- individual and group psychodynamic psychotherapy
- activity therapy, including art therapy and Eastern movement and meditative practices.
- DBT therapy
The Retreat is located in a safe, comfortable and elegantly appointed setting in
a specially renovated space within the Sheppard Pratt Hospital. Each patient is
assigned a private suite, inclusive of a bath, with the highest quality amenities.
These include individual television with cable access, bedside telephones and internet
connection. The Retreat affords patients complete confidentiality and discretion
throughout all aspects of their stay.
Patients admitted to The Retreat must function at a level where they do not need
a locked unit, seclusion, or restraint. Patients who are acutely suicidal, violent,
or acting out in self-destructive ways may be transferred to an inpatient unit with
Sheppard Pratt, where such acute problems can be addressed within the safety of
a locked unit. At The Retreat, patients have the rights and responsibilities commensurate
with an open door and free access to leave the grounds during unscheduled periods.
The Retreat treats patients with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses, such as mood
disorders, anxiety disorders and disabling adjustment disorders. The Medical Director
assesses the presenting issues of each patient seeking admission to determine their
clinical appropriateness for the milieu.
The Dual Diagnosis track at The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt is specifically
designed for those patients with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.
It is integrated into the overall Retreat treatment program, and includes individual
and group therapies, Eastern movement therapies, medical evaluation, psychopharmacology,
as well as an emphasis on 12-step groups for the maintenance of long-term sobriety.
The Retreat has counselors, family therapists, and psychiatrists with special training
and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of these challenging conditions.
Often, treatment focuses only on the psychiatric symptoms or substance use issues.
We believe that for most people, a more comprehensive approach addressing both problems
at the same time is the most successful. In addition to the standard Retreat programming
those in the dual diagnosis track will be seen in consultation by a psychiatrist
with special expertise in addiction medicine, meet with a certified addictions counselor
with over 20 years experience, go to a Retreat-based addictions group as well as
weekly educational didactics, and have access to 5 different 12-step meetings per
day on the Sheppard Pratt campus. For those who need more focused work on their
addiction, we work in partnership with the Kolmac Clinic to offer an additional
IOP evening program on campus five days per week.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is also offered for the treatment
of depression in adult patients. NeuroStar TMS Therapy® was approved by the US Food
and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients suffering from depression
who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication.
TMS Therapy is offered to Retreat residents as well as to outpatients, and is administered
by specially credentialed psychiatrists and nurses. Outside psychiatrists referring
patients for TMS therapy will continue to be involved in their care during and after
the TMS therapy.
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Our philosophy is to treat the whole person in the most individualized, compassionate,
comprehensive way possible giving them every opportunity to have a full recovery
and get on the road to a happier, more productive life.
All patients should anticipate a minimum stay of 20 days in order to complete the
diagnostic assessment. Continued length of stay is determined based on the recommendations
of the treatment team and the patient's desire to continue receiving care at The
Retreat. Some patients may extend their stay for one to three additional months.
The Retreat does not participate with any insurance plans. All care is privately
funded. An initial non-refundable prepayment equal to 20 days must accompany each
patient at admission. Subsequently, patients are expected to pay in increments of
two weeks in advance of receiving ongoing care.
The daily charge at The Retreat is $2200. This includes all program services and
accommodation, as well as professional fees for integral consultations. When TMS
and/or the Kolmac IOP are added to the basic Retreat program, these are billed separately.
If patients require additional services that are outside the framework of The Retreat,
those services will be billed independently by those providers to the patient or
their responsible third party.
The Transitional Living Program of
The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
Ruxton House is an 8-bed licensed small group home designed for individuals who have
received treatment at the Retreat’s residential program, but who need further rehabilitation before
they are able to return home successfully. Ruxton House is located in a leafy neighborhood
of rolling hills about a 5 minute drive from Sheppard Pratt’s main campus in Towson,
Under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Franklin, Medical Director of Ruxton House and
Associate Medical Director of the Retreat, and Jennifer Salaverri, LCSW-C, Ruxton
House offers residents a supportive, therapeutic, home-like setting where they might
continue their treatment as an outpatient with an emphasis on rehabilitation, recovery,
improved self-care, and reintegration into the community.
Ruxton House is staffed 24 hours a day by mental health professionals who help residents
pursue their outpatient treatment plans, and begin to move away from institutions
and toward the community, after an episode of illness. Each week there are 5 core
groups offered to Ruxton House residents including psychodynamic psychotherapy,
art therapy, relationships, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) lab group, and life
skills. Residents are also able to choose 5 other groups per week from a menu available
through the Retreat’s residential program based on their individual needs and treatment
plans. These therapeutic activities will take place on Sheppard Pratt’s main campus
a short drive away, while morning and evening groups at the house will help residents
set goals and review their progress at the end of the day. A weekend outing is offered
to residents, and case management and weekly medical director rounds help ensure
people are moving toward their treatment goals. Ruxton House staff sometimes offers
ad-hoc programming depending on the interest level of the residents. These have
included exercise groups, yoga, gardening, and music. Each resident will be required
to have an outpatient psychiatrist. Individual therapy and a full outpatient DBT
program can be accessed through Retreat Outpatient Services for an additional fee.
All care for Ruxton House is privately funded. The first 4 weeks at Ruxton House
must be paid at admission and is non-refundable. Stays beyond this initial period
must be paid in advance. The daily rate varies on accommodations, ranging between
$525-$850 per day, and is inclusive of meals, case management, and core programming.
Other treatments including individual sessions, the full outpatient DBT program,
TMS, and other offerings are billed separately.
For more information:
Jennifer L. Salaverri, LCSW-C
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Sheppard Pratt is inside the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) off of Exit 25.
After you are on the ramp for Exit 25, follow the signs for Charles Street. Proceed
south on Charles Street approximately 2 & 1/2 miles. At the sign, turn left
into the Sheppard Pratt campus. Continue on Gatehouse Drive and make a right at
the stop sign to Sheppard drive. You may enter through Weinberg Building and contact
the unit at 410-938-4040.
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