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In April 2014, McLean opened the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services at the Sancta Maria Nursing Facility in Cambridge.
“This move allowed McLean to expand outpatient capacity for young people, for which there is a growing need,” said Diane Bedell, LICSW, program director of the Clinical Evaluation Center and Ambulatory Services. “We were also able to add evidence–based services to complement treatment already being offered as well as consolidate outpatient services for the child, adolescent and college-age populations.”
The newly renovated space is housing two well-established programs: the Child Outpatient Program and the Child and Adolescent Testing Service (CATS), both of which diagnose, assess, and treat psychiatric and substance use disorders.
In addition, two new programs have since opened in the new space. The 3East Outpatient Clinic provides dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment for adolescents who exhibit impulsive and self-injurious behavior while also offering training for a growing number of clinicians in DBT treatment. The McLean Anxiety Master Program (MAMP) is an intensive treatment program for children and adolescents between 9 and 18 years of age who are in need of treatment for severe anxiety disorders and for whom traditional outpatient treatment has been ineffective.
In January, the College Mental Health Program will also be offering “Bridge to Campus” groups at the new facility, designed for college students returning to school in the Greater Boston areas who have completed higher levels of treatment at McLean.
“The expansion into Sancta Maria has been positive for the programs which call it home,” added Bedell. “We have been able to both expand treatment options and allow existing programs to thrive in a new space designed specifically for our needs.”
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