McLean Hospital 115 Mill Street Belmont, MA 02478
At McLean OnTrackTM, we understand that experiencing symptoms of a psychotic disorder for the first time can be difficult and confusing for individuals and their families. Our long-term outpatient program for adults ages 18 to 30 specializes in the early recognition and treatment of bipolar spectrum disorders and other conditions presenting with psychosis or mania with psychosis.
For more information or to make a referral, please call us at 617.855.4194.
Our program treats many types of patients, not just those living with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This is important, as not all patients with first episode psychosis fit neatly into one diagnosis. The course of treatment, which is covered by most insurance plans, is ideal for individuals in the acute stages after a first episode. The length of time at the program varies, but on average can be about two years. The frequency of treatment diminishes as the patient gets better, and services are provided until the patient feels in control of the symptoms and his/her life.
We know that the years immediately following the first episode of psychosis represent a critical period, and early intervention during this time is important to minimize risk of future recurrences. At McLean OnTrack, we provide our patients with coping skills, aiming to change the overall trajectory of each participant’s lives. Early intervention via our outpatient services—including individual and group therapy and medication evaluation and management—may offer the best chance at a positive outcome.
Our staff is composed of a multidisciplinary group of board-certified psychiatrists and psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, registered nurses, and expressive therapists. This highly trained and experienced team works to build trusting and collaborative relationships with patients and family members, in a caring and supportive environment, in order to achieve the best possible results. Our goal is to work with each patient to prevent further psychotic episodes, restore a person’s functioning, and help individuals and families regain their sense of control. In addition, we help reduce the stigma that is often associated with mental illness.
“OnTrack helps me feel like I’m not alone. The staff were warm and supportive during a difficult time for me and my family.”– Former patient
McLean OnTrack , a part of McLean’s Psychotic Disorders Division, is located in the Admissions Building on the Belmont campus. The building and the program feature comfortable settings and amenities that contribute to recovery.