McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA

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(3.5 of 5)
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115 Mill Street
Belmont MA 02478

McLean Hospital Philosophy

McLean Hospital is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital committed to providing easy access to superior quality, cost-effective mental health services in the Boston area, Massachusetts and beyond.

Areas of Specialization

  • Recreational Center
    Opened a state-of-the-art Fitness and Social Recreational Center for McLean inpatients, residential patients, partial hospital patients and students from the hospital's school programs.

  • Full Continuum of Care
    Coordination with outside clinicians, social service agencies and patient families helps to ensure a smooth transition among levels of care, encouraging re-integration into community-based life. Crisis intervention and short-term acute inpatient care is available to stabilize individuals by providing the highest quality medical and psychiatric resources. Acute inpatient treatment is provided in many of the hospital's clinical programs.

Facility Highlights

Harvard Medical School Affiliate

Nation's Most Honored Psychiatric Hospital

Outpatient Services

Meet the Staff

SCOTT L. RAUCH, MD

President and Psychiatrist in Chief

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Dr. Rauch received his undergraduate degree with honors in Neuroscience from Amherst College and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry as well as a Radiology Research Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Rauch served for many years as Associate Chief of Psychiatry for Neuroscience Research at MGH, where he was the founding Director of the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and the MGH Division of Psychiatric Neuroscience Research and Neurotherapeutics. Currently, Dr. Rauch is President and Psychiatrist in Chief of McLean Hospital as well as Chair of Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health. He holds an appointment as Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rauch has contributed over 250 publications to the scientific literature and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He has received numerous honors, including the 2004 Joel Elkes Award for outstanding contributions in translational research within psychiatry.

BLAISE AGUIRRE, MD

Medical Director

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Dr. Aguirre is an expert in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychopharmacology. He is medical director of 3East at Harvard - affiliated McLean Hospital, a unique, residential DBT program for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and borderline personality traits. Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean since 2000 and is widely recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents.

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ABOUT MCLEAN HOSPITAL

As the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. is well-versed in evidence-based practices. With 11 locations throughout the Boston area, McLean has been serving the needs of clients seeking treatment for mental health and substance abuse since 1811.

Currently, the facility provides short-term residential treatment to adults requiring detoxification and stabilization. It also provides a variety of outpatient treatment programs and is one of the 32 (9.1 percent) of Massachusetts treatment facilities that have a partial hospitalization (PHP) program for adults seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

The treatment process begins with an initial assessment to determine the clients’ treatment needs. McLean Hospital is one of 36 (10 percent) of hospitals in the state that offer substance abuse and mental health treatment programs.

Many clients begin their treatment in the detox program, where they are monitored at all times by trained medical staff members. Clients typically stay three to five days before being transferred to PHP or another program. McLean Hospital has one of only 34 (9.7 percent) hospital-based detox programs in the state.

Clients who need intensive care but are medically stable and able to commute daily from home are ideal candidates for PHP treatment. Clients attend treatment five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Treatment programs include education on chemical dependency, relapse prevention, and recovery life skills, as well as medication management, individual and group therapy, and case management. Recovery groups focus on learning healthy coping mechanisms and addressing psychiatric concerns. There are also support groups available for family members.

A number of outpatient services are available on an individual basis, including medication management and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). There are also a variety of outpatient groups that focus on substance abuse recovery or cater to the needs of those with psychiatric conditions such as personality disorders, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder.

The Landing program at McLean Hospital provides intensive residential treatment for adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health concerns such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. The program is co-educational and typically lasts 45 days. The treatment team utilizes cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), DBT, motivational interviewing, and 12-step-based facilitation. Teens participate in medication management, continual assessment, individual counseling, and educational and therapeutic groups. Only 52 (14 percent) of facilities in the state offer programs for adolescents.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The program is led by ** Ph.D. level Clinical Psychologists** and includes a multidisciplinary treatment team of board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, registered nurses, and expressive therapists.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

The facility is located in Proctor House, a historic building on McLean Campus just a short drive from Boston. Rooms are shared and contain reportedly comfortable beds. There is access to common areas and a fitness facility.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Rehabs.com received mostly positive reviews from five alumni of McLean Hospital. Alumni indicated that they'd recommend treatment at the hospital.

Negative feedback centered around a lack of 12-step integration and holistic offerings, while a lot of positive feedback was given to the "very strong and supportive staff" and helpfulness of group meetings.

Family Participation: 3.2/5
Facility Cleanliness: 4/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.4/5
Would Recommend: 3.75/5

On Google, McLean Hospital as a whole has a 3.6 out of five star average rating from 76 reviews to date.[1] Reviewers expressed divided opinions on the staff: some wrote how the doctors “were amazing” while others like Laurie wrote how she felt “threatened by director.”

WHAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY

Eleven loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date were pleased overall with the treatment their loved ones received at McLean Hospital. The 11 loved ones indicated that they would recommend the facility. Several individuals noted therapy and staff as strengths of McLean Hospital.

Holistic Offerings: 3.1/5
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.1/5
Affordability: 3.3/5
Counseling Options: 4/5
Would Recommend: 4.2/5

WHAT STAFF SAY

At the time of this writing, one staff member provided mediocre feedback to Rehabs.com about McLean Hospital. The staff member gave four out of five stars for facility cleanliness and two out of five stars for its affordability. Three stars were given for its holistic offerings, counseling options, family participation, and the level of staff experience.

FINANCING

Although fees vary according to each client's needs, the residential programs are self-pay only. Financial assistance is made available to clients that qualify.

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on May 2019

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JD

My son relapsed with alcohol, and was feeling suicidal when he made the decision to check himself in here. He was brought to detox, and I was told that he would be out in a day or so! he had another dangerous drug in his system, and since he contemplated jumping off the “highest bridge,” I would have certainly thought that they would have kept in for the maximum ten days for residential psychiatric care, but instead, they shipped him to the first extended residential program because they had a bed. How about a bed at your facility to further evaluate my son, and see if he is even capable of making the next step? To make matters worse, I wasn’t even given the common courtesy of a phone call that our son was leaving for another facility. No wonder mental illness is so prevalent in our society. Most of these places are just looking for a paycheck with little to no regard for their patients and their families. Insurance have to do a better job of finding facilities that have a much higher success rate. Otherwise, our children will just be a statistic or part of a vicious cycle of one hospital after another.

Alice

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I have been to both Silver Hill (Main I /inpatient and River House) and McLean (Proctor II) McLean is sort of like a full-on insane asylum which is scary. The food is revolting and I have no other words to describe the polyester bedding and peeling paint in the shower. Silver Hill on the other hand, is dignified, comfortable and I felt like I was supported by other like-minded patients. At Silver Hill, I felt more like a valued client than some random ill patient.

R B

great staff,food,clean sheets and the list goes on an on.Nurses and Doctors are TOPS.........

ARB

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I've been at McLean inpatient about three times and did ECT there. I got the best care there out of any place I've ever been. It's clean, the staff is awesome, and there are good groups to attend. You make it what you want it to be. I did have a problem with one of the nurses and it was handled in a professional and immediate manner. Highly recommend it. Go on the walks!

r b

don't send anyone you LOVE there!

Lcperwz

My "go to" sanctuary when I need psych help. Proctor II Staff treats patients with dignity and respect tr.

Anonymous

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almost zero one-to-one support. staff tend to huddle in office area and rarely come out to engage with patients unless absolutely necessary. more than one staff member were necessarily abrasive with patients. food was pretty sub-par and there really wasn't enough of it. was grateful to be there in many ways but treatment wasn't comprehensive. i have public insurance and did notice that those who had better health insurance received more attention and better services, also got to stay longer. felt bounced out the door without much of a good explanation. won't be back, wouldn't recommend for those with limited resources or who do not have boutique insurance.

Anonymous

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Working with the patients the food was okay work with the patients more

Anonymous

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Lots of therapy, lots of staff. High cost, not easy to be admitted. My friend went there but it took more than a few weeks for a spot to open for her. She got a lot of helpful information, enjoyed all of her therapies, and even though it has been a struggle, she is really glad she finally got in.

Anonymous

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Very strong and supportive staff. They need more counselors. Truly supportive to the addict and the family. Strong perimeters, checks and balances were set and explained well.

Anonymous

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National leader in research and treatment. This program has a partial hospital component which was required day time participation. This was convenient and effective.

Anonymous

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World class reputation. Had a very unpleasant time there. I was supposed to get specialized treatment but did not. I felt I was in Jail. Didn't do what i was sent there to receive.

Anonymous

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My mother knew what to say to make it seem like she was better, when she really wasn't. Her issues were a lot. My mother received electric shock therapy, which really works for some people, but for her it did not. It actually made her act like a vegetable. She didn't know what she was doing, and would have stayed in bed had I not gotten her up. It got rid of more recent memories than the past ones that caused her depression and other issues.

Anonymous

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There is a long history of helping people here. It felt very institutional. Was a very helpful first step in my journey.

Anonymous

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The reputation is unbeatable. It's costly and the environment isn't great. They need to cut costs, and keep people longer.

Anonymous

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The kindness they have for patients and family members. Understanding and being helpful. They did not return calls to family members in a timely manner. They were helpful, have several group meetings.

Marc

I went to McLean to detox from heroin the facility was wonderful ,clean, good food, great staff, by far the best detox experience I've ever had

Ann

We called the facility to try to get my son in the partial hospitalization for substance abuse program. Four calls were made over a period of three days without so much as a returned call. I think this is unacceptable.

Anonymous

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Staff is readily available for family members. My family member had many problems, and he was treated well in the center, but once discharged we did not receive the same service.

Anonymous

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Family member was treated with kindness. Very caring for family members. A downfall was the quality of their food.

Anonymous

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The staff is very dedicated and highly trained. My son has detoxed here approx. 4 times. The program is structured and follows a consistent routine. My son prefers this facility over the several others that he has used for detox. This program makes my son feel like a respected patient and makes the process of detoxing as comfortable as possible. However, it is very difficult to get a bed....as most facilities in MA.

Anonymous

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The connection with major teaching hospitals was great. However, it was too expensive - needs to be more accessible to all in need.

Sally

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What I really think was important is the medical staff and research that they have. I had ECT and my experience was awesome. They also offer TMS. However, it would have been nice if they were able to offer more 12 step information and AA interaction.

NO

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The staff and ECT options were good, but the food was terrible!!

Anonymous

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They had great leisure activities, family participation and facility leadership. However, they lacked any holistic offerings.

Anonymous

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I was sent there for structure because I was out of work and stuck in life. They explained everything that was happening which helped. However, it was not worth the cost because it didn't change the way I was feeling.

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