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Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program

Where is McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program located?

The program is located at Franciscan Hospital, in Boston. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program?

Our inpatient program focuses on treating children and adolescents, ages 3 to 19, with an array of psychiatric symptoms, including those in crisis, who are in need of care.

Is family involved in treatment?

Family involvement, including family therapy and family meetings, is integral to our treatment approach. We focus on open and honest communication between the family and their child’s treatment team and encourage parents and family to participate in the child’s healthcare.

Is smoking permitted?

Franciscan Hospital for Children is a smoke-free campus and the program is non-smoking.

When are visiting hours?

Visiting hours are 6:15-8 pm Monday through Friday and 1-3 pm and 6-8 pm on weekends and holidays. If necessary, alternative arrangements may be made with the clinical social worker.

Are cell phones and other electronics allowed?

To protect confidentiality and privacy of other patients, phones or games with cameras and all types of cameras are not allowed, but children have access to unit phones. Computers, laptops, DVD players and electronics with power cords, including all plug-in radios, hair dryers, hair curlers, fans, etc., are not allowed. Battery operated electronics, including iPods, MP3 players and handheld DVD players are allowed, but must be stored in the locked electronics cabinet and signed in and out and by staff. There is supervised computer access in classrooms, but please note that there is no access to Facebook.

Are academics offered?

While our first priority is treatment, we recognize the importance of education. Each weekday, our clinical educators provide individualized instruction based upon the unique needs of each child, as part of their assessment and treatment. With parental consent, the program is in contact with the child’s local school system to assist in keeping up with current schoolwork.

Is aftercare planning a part of the program?

The treatment team works closely with the individual as well as with family, significant friends, and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Recommendations by staff are made based upon clinical needs, progress made during treatment, and long-term treatment goals.

Can former patients access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to Franciscan Hospital's Clinical Information Systems/Medical Record Department.

Are support groups offered?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean, on the Belmont campus.

Does McLean gather patient feedback?

McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of feedback instruments and quality indicators. Among these tools are the Perceptions of Care survey which monitors patient satisfaction and BASIS-24™, a psychiatric outcomes measurement tool created at McLean and widely used in the US and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.