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Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program

Where is the Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment Program (ART) located?

The program has two locations, in East House on the Belmont campus and at McLean SouthEast in Middleborough. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment Program?

Our residential program focuses on treating adolescents who have psychiatric issues and/or substance use issues and are able to safely manage on an unlocked unit. The ART is a voluntary program so residents must be willing to participate in treatment.

Is family involved in treatment?

Families are integral to treatment. We ask that they participate in two family meetings each week and also offer parent support groups. Parents are invited to visit and at a certain point are encouraged to take their child on passes to leave the campus. Clinical social workers are available regularly for phone feedback and consultation.

Is smoking permitted?

Our program is non-smoking. We do allow nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum or the patch, while in the program.

When are visiting hours?

Visiting hours in Belmont are 4:30-9:30 pm Monday through Friday and throughout the day and evening on weekends. At McLean SouthEast, family may visit at any time, but general visiting hours are 4-8:30 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am - 8:30 pm on weekends.

Are cell phones allowed?

Cell phones and other internet-connected devices are not allowed.

Are academics offered?

While our first priority is treatment, we recognize the importance of education. In Belmont, we don’t offer school academics, but we can facilitate tutoring provided by families or schools. There is time in the evenings to complete schoolwork, and we work with schools to make sure there is a transition plan in place as residents leave the program.

At McLean SouthEast, each resident is offered two hours of tutoring per day as part of the usual daily schedule. Our tutors are licensed special education teachers provided through an educational specialty contract. When permission is given, schoolwork specific to the resident’s current school curriculum is provided by the school. In many cases, residents can obtain an academic credit for work done while in the ART.

Is aftercare planning a part of the program?

The treatment team works closely with the individual as well as with family, significant friends, and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Recommendations by staff are made based upon clinical needs, progress made during treatment, and long-term treatment goals.

Can former residents access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean's Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.

Does McLean gather patient feedback?

McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of feedback instruments and quality indicators. Among these tools are the Perceptions of Care survey which monitors patient satisfaction and BASIS-24™, a psychiatric outcomes measurement tool created at McLean and widely used in the US and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.