McLean Appleton

Personalized, compassionate care for adults with chronic mental illnesses


McLean Appleton FAQ

What is the phone number to make a referral and where is McLean Appleton located?

The phone number for McLean Appleton is 617.855.3756. The program is located on the Belmont campus, in the Appleton building. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Do I have to be referred by a clinician?

No, you do not have to be referred by a clinician. Many of our clients find out about the program on their own, and they or their family members contact us.

How old do I have to be to attend McLean Appleton?

McLean Appleton serves adults over the age of 18.

How long do people stay in the program?

Average length of stay is two to four months. Some people, however, stay longer.

What is included in the cost?

Covered in the cost are your room, meals and snacks, and many group treatment services.

Will I have a roommate?

Most of our rooms accommodate two people, though we occasionally have a few single rooms available.

What kind of meals are served?

A continental style breakfast, including fruit, cereal, bagels, bread, yogurt, juice, and coffee, is available each morning in our open kitchen and dining room. Lunch and dinner are planned by a nutritionist and prepared by our counselors. Accommodations are made for people with vegetarian diets or other diets for medical or religious reasons. Lunch is served at noon and dinner is served at 5:30 pm.

When am I expected to make payment?

We request payment for one month prior to admission. Psychopharmacology, individual psychotherapy, and prescription medications are billed to your health insurance or paid by you privately. You should budget a small amount of money each week or month to cover personal items you may want to purchase during trips to off-campus stores and other places. Prior to admission, please call our financial coordinator at 617.855.3286 to make a deposit and to discuss signature of financial documents.

How will I get my medications while in the program?

You will need to set up an account at the local OSCO Pharmacy. Medications are delivered to the residence. The program fee does not cover prescription medications. They are normally covered in full or part by health insurance.

What should I bring to the program?

You should bring:

  • Current medications
  • Weather-appropriate indoor and outdoor clothing
  • Sleepwear
  • Toiletries

You may bring other personal items as well, such as comforters, pillows, a bedside rug, books, a musical instrument (non-amplified), etc. We also allow cell phones and laptops. Cars may be permitted if the treatment team and client agree it is necessary to meet treatment goals.

Cameras are not allowed to ensure people’s privacy.

Who is responsible for cleaning?

The common areas are cleaned daily by our housekeeping services. Clients are responsible for keeping their own rooms tidy. Light housekeeping will be provided for individual rooms on an every week basis. A washer and dryer are both are located in a laundry room in our basement.

May I smoke?

The Appleton Residence is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is only permitted outside in the gazebo located on the lawn in back of the residence.

May people visit me while I am in the program?

You may receive visitors after daily groups have finished, beginning at 4 pm. Visiting hours end at 8 pm. We ask that visitors stay no more than two hours.

We have comfortable, nicely furnished common rooms for visits. Only residents and their roommates are permitted in their bedrooms. Families are permitted in bedrooms during moves in and out of the residence.

Please see our visitor accommodations page in order to find convenient overnight lodging for friends and family.

Are there computers onsite for residents to use?

Appleton has two Mac computers with two printers for use by residents.

What does an average day at Appleton look like?

To help you better understand what an average day at Appleton looks like we have developed this schedule.

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