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Levels of Care at McLean Hospital



Inpatient care is used for crisis stabilization when there is risk of harm to self or others. With the highest quality medical and psychiatric resources, McLean's inpatient care provides 24 hour nursing supervision and care in a secure setting.


Residential care is best suited for people who are medically stable, needs intensive treatment and round-the-clock staffing but is not at immediate risk of harm to self or others.

Partial Hospital

Partial hospital programs are an intensive, therapeutic level of care for patients who do not require full hospitalization yet who need more structure than is available in outpatient treatment. Programs combine personalized treatment with the opportunity for patients to utilize new skills through independent living.


Outpatient services provide patient care without hospitalization and are the least intensive type of treatment. Patients live independently but attend appointments for psychotherapy and medications, and may participate in some psychotherapy groups.

Services, Schools, and Community Programs

McLean is home to several other programs including imaging services, specialized therapeutic schools, and community programs for individuals with severe mental illness, as well as for uniformed men and women who need addiction or psychiatric treatment. Information about all of McLean’s clinical programs and services.