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McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has officially opened the doors of Borden Cottage, a residential substance abuse treatment program, in Camden Maine. This endeavor is the hospital’s first outside of Massachusetts, where McLean has seven locations.
“McLean recognizes the tremendous need for high-quality mental health and substance abuse care and we are continuing to explore opportunities for expanding our programs to different areas of the country,” said Philip Levendusky, PhD, ABPP, McLean’s senior vice president for Business Development and Communications and director of the Psychology Department. “We want to broaden our access to people nationally and internationally.”
Set on nearly 14 acres of lawns and gardens and overlooking Penobscot Bay, Borden Cottage is modeled clinically after McLean’s other programs. According to Levendusky, the goal is for patients to achieve and maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol and to learn how to manage the stresses of an active life. The seven-day-a-week program focuses on recovery and relapse prevention, and a 30-day minimum stay assures full benefit from the program. Also provided is hands-on support and education for family members and significant others about drug and alcohol addiction and close collaboration with referrers and community providers.
Frederick Goggans, MD, who is a Camden resident and has been selected to serve as medical director for Borden Cottage, noted that the new program will have a positive impact on the Camden area.
“The presence of this facility will lead to a greater emphasis on the importance of treating addiction and will improve professional education and general understanding in the community regarding recovery from these disorders.”
Recently named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Goggans is also chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Pen Bay Medical Center and a lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
As medical director of Borden Cottage, Goggans is responsible for not only oversight of all medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse treatment, but also the quality of care and supervision of all licensed personnel and the development of a consulting medical staff.
“Borden Cottage hopes to inspire the creation of other programs in the mid-coast Maine region to help serve the local population,” said Goggans. “McLean could provide a source of ongoing education and support for the healthcare community.”
Nancy Merrill, PMHCNS, BC, program director, oversees the management of the programs at Fernside and Naukeag and was instrumental in their development as well as the development of Borden Cottage. “This is a great opportunity to be able to bring our services to another location. As a team, we’re excited about replicating McLean’s knowledge and expertise outside of Massachusetts,” said Merrill.
Merrill is currently working with her department to hire clinicians, nurses, community resident counselors, case managers, therapists, and a program director. Most of the staff hired so far is from the Camden area, she says.
“We want to hire as much local talent as we can,” said Levendusky, adding that Borden Cottage will have a “significant and positive economic influence in the mid-coast Maine region, with McLean being a year-round employer as well as an active contributing member of the community.”