Personalized, compassionate care for adults with chronic mental illnesses


Admission & Cost


Appleton specializes in comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitative care for adults ages 18 and over who have a primary diagnosis of psychosis and bipolar disorder with or without co-occurring conditions such as substance use, mood, personality, or anxiety disorders. Our individualized care helps residents effectively manage their illnesses and symptoms so they can learn to live as independently as possible. People come to Appleton from across the United States and around the world. We can help arrange admission from most domestic or international locations.

Our self-pay program is best suited for those who may benefit from a residential program structure. Though some residents may be seeking this level of care for the first time, individuals often come to Appleton from other residential programs or from inpatient units at McLean or elsewhere. The average length of stay is between two to three months; however, some residents may benefit from longer periods of treatment.

For more information or to make a referral, please contact:

Erin Sandler, LICSW, Program Director
Phone: 617.855.2319

We hope to answer your call directly or will return your call or email within one business day.

We work with individuals, their families, and referring clinicians to determine if our program is an appropriate option. A preliminary screening is conducted over the phone to gather as much pertinent information as possible, and during this time we also explain our mission and how our program works.


The fee for the Appleton residence is $600 per day. As a self-pay program, Appleton does not accept insurance or directly assist with insurance reimbursement. Some ancillary treatment expenses may be recovered through insurance.

Included in Day Rate

Clinical Services

  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Intensive group therapy
  • Registered dietitian to offer nutritional assessments, ongoing dietary support, and a weekly nutrition group for all residents
  • Family meetings via phone and in person
  • Psychoeducational services
  • Case management services, including ongoing communication with referring clinician, if applicable
  • Aftercare planning
  • Occupational therapy assessment with weekly OT support
  • Nursing support/appointments set up for medical needs

Non-Clinical Services

  • Double rooms
  • All onsite meals, snacks, beverages
  • Access to McLean fitness center and certified trainer
  • Community trips to museums, malls, bookstores, Harvard Square, etc.
  • Laundry services onsite

Not Included in Day Rate

These optional ancillary clinical and medical services may or may not be covered by insurance:

McLean Hospital Ancillary Services

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Behavior therapy
  • Neurological services
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Specialty imaging, MRI
  • Forensic consultations
  • Specialty psychiatric consultations

Other Medical Services

  • Ambulance services
  • Dental services
  • Emergency room visits
  • Laboratory testing
  • Physical therapy
  • Sleep study