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For nearly 200 years, McLean has served as a beacon of hope for people with psychiatric illness and their families. As we mark our bicentennial year, we reaffirm our commitment to improving lives by providing compassionate, specialized psychiatric care, informed by research and individualized for each patient.
We had many accomplishments to celebrate in 2010, including significant progress in implementing the McLean strategic plan that was approved two years ago.
We continued to build centers of excellence and innovation that integrate clinical service, research and education, focused on rapid translation of science in order to establish, deliver and disseminate ever-better, evidence-based approaches to care. The Center of Excellence in Psychotic Disorders improved prescribing practices for atypical antipsychotic medications and elevated clinical care and education related to metabolic syndrome. The Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction expanded its capacity to treat patients addicted to heroin and prescription opioids with buprenorphine, a highly effective and lifesaving treatment. In this Annual Report, you can read about our newly established Center of Excellence in Basic Neuroscience and Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research.
We also continued to extend our clinical services to respond to the needs of individuals throughout Massachusetts, across the country and around the globe. We created new programs and expanded existing ones to enhance the continuum of care for adolescents who suffer from impulsive and self-injurious behaviors. For adults, we opened a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Service, offering effective alternatives for individuals grappling with treatment-resistant depression. We increased our presence in emergency rooms, providing expert psychiatric evaluation services in community hospitals beyond greater Boston.
We developed an academic strategic plan that will enrich the environment for learning, scholarship and career development at McLean, while providing a road map for disseminating state-of-the-art information to trainees, health-care professionals and the public near and far.