BayRidge Hospital Philosophy
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ABOUT BAYRIDGE HOSPITAL
Situated in the coastal community of Lynn, Mass., 11 miles north of Boston, BayRidge Hospital is a behavioral health facility that provides rehabilitation services for adults seeking treatment for chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. The facility offers emergency psychiatric stabilization services, as well as a short-term residential program, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and outpatient-based services.
Detox is available on-site. Aftercare planning services are also available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process at BayRidge Hospital begins with an assessment by trained medical and psychiatric staff members. Clients undergo an initial behavioral health assessment. This assessment is used to create an individualized treatment plan. Clients in need of emergency services or detox are referred to the hospital’s intensive assessment unit (IAU), which provides diagnostic and crisis management services. The average length of time in the IAU is one to three days.
To more effectively serve its diverse population, BayRidge Hospital treats primary psychiatric disorders and substance abuse-related issues separately. Treatment for chemical dependency involves a structured schedule of individual, group, and family counseling, as well as psychoeducational classes. Medication-assisted therapy (Suboxone) may also be utilized to minimize withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid dependency. Primary psychiatric treatment consists of pharmacological interventions combined with therapeutic counseling.
Clients often leave the residential program and transition into the PHP or other outpatient services as a step-down method. The length of stay in the residential program is based on each clients’ needs. As clients move to outpatient services, the facility encourages clients to begin creating support networks in the community. Family involvement is encouraged throughout the outpatient services.
Aftercare planning is included in the discharge process. Case managers work with clients to make connections with community-based sober living groups. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of available family therapy and care services where applicable.
BayRidge Hospital’s multidisciplinary treatment staff consists of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, clinical social workers, and licensed mental health and substance abuse counselors. Case managers are also available to help with aftercare planning. Occupational therapists are also available to for therapy services.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
BayRidge Hospital is comprised of three separate, secured units, which include the intensive assessment unit, a 31-bed psychiatric unit, and a 24-bed addiction/dual diagnosis unit. Patients have 24-hour access to medical and nursing care. One of the three individuals polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, a loved one, cited “bad accommodations and meals” as a facility weakness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com at time of writing generally approved of the facility. Both submitted five out of five stars for the quality of the meals, while rating the facility’s cleanliness with either four or five stars. While the two survey respondents gave the facility’s counseling options just two stars, they gave ratings of four and five stars for the treatment staff’s level of training and experience.
Reporting a comfortable detoxification process, one alum wrote: “I stayed 8 days and came out clean and happy.” This alum also reported long-term sobriety and gave the facility five stars for its effectiveness in treating co-occurring disorders. The other survey respondent simply added: “(They) helped me.”
On Google, Bayridge Hospital earned an average of 3.1 out of five stars from 10 reviews to date.  Reviewers are divided on the quality of the staff members and several alumni mentioned the quality of the food. In a representative review, alum Barbara wrote: “Terrific staff who are knowledgeable, caring and kind. Facilities are clean and well maintained, and the food is pretty good for hospital food. There is not enough variety of activities and group sessions - the program would benefit from more quality art therapy, gentle exercise sessions.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one loved one polled by Rehabs.com at time of writing gave the facility a largely negative review. The loved one gave two out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations, nutrition, leisure opportunities, affordability, and treatment for co-occurring disorders.
Along with their critical opinion of the facility’s accommodations, the sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing disagreed with alumni, offering three out of five stars for the staff’s level of experience and training. “Staff seemed intelligent but unmotivated,” they wrote. They also provided a lower two-star rating for the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders. “Would not recommend a friend,” they concluded.
On its unofficial Facebook page, the facility received an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars from 17 reviewers.  Alumni praised the “kind” staff, while loved ones criticized the quality of treatment. Reviewer Lauryn wrote: “Wrongfully medicated and over medicated my daughter. Staff very nice doctors need to do better for the patients.”
BayRidge Hospital accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. Financial assistance, including no-cost treatment, may be available to eligible clients.
Published on February 2018
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