Grand Opening of Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Wing

Franciscan Hospital for Children and McLean Hospital unite to fill a great need for mental health treatment with additional child and adolescent beds now available in the Boston area

March 2, 2010

Franciscan Hospital for Children will unveil a new wing of the existing Child & Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health program on Tuesday, March 9. The program is a joint venture which combines the expertise of Franciscan Hospital for Children and McLean Hospital. This new unit answers the call of many children and families who currently find themselves waiting for quality mental health care in times of dire crisis.

A ribbon cutting ceremony, nearly one year in the making, marks the expansion of the unit from 20 to 32 beds making Franciscan Hospital for Children the largest Child & Adolescent program in the state. The inpatient program provides prompt response to psychiatric emergencies with comprehensive assessment and treatment for children and adolescents. The program offers high-quality individualized psychiatric crisis care for youth ages three through nineteen, of all developmental abilities, and all diagnostic categories. Franciscan Hospital for Children and McLean Hospital have partnered for more than 12 years. For those years the program and the physical space has evolved to meet the growing and changing needs of patients.

“The need for treatment for children and adolescents in psychiatric crisis is growing while programs around the state are being downsized or closed. Last year, our admissions were up 18%,” Franciscan Hospital for Children Chief Executive Officer Paul Dellarocco said. “The new inpatient mental health wing will be an expansion of our already successful and much needed program.”

The new wing being opened was previously a series of offices. Newly remodeled, the space now includes separate dining, activity areas, sleeping quarters, a medication room and staff support areas. The space will be used for the younger children and will improve the ability of the staff to respond to the specific therapeutic, educational and developmental needs of this age group.

The focus of treatment in the Child & Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health program involves providing a safe, hopeful, and nurturing environment for children and families, along with expert psychiatric care. The goal of the program is for each child and adolescent to return successfully to his or her home, school and community.

The program has been widely recognized for excellence and in 2008, earned the Department of Mental Health Commissioner’s Award and Best Practice Model Program, for its strength-based, family-focused mental health care.

About Franciscan Hospital for Children

Franciscan Hospital for Children, located in Boston’s neighborhood of Brighton, is the leading pediatric rehabilitation center in New England. The hospital offers medical, behavioral and educational services for children with complex issues requiring interdisciplinary care. For more information on the hospital visit their website.

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