McLean Hospital – 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478
The McLean SouthEast Adult Psychiatric Partial Hospital Program is a therapeutic day program for patients who do not require 24-hour care yet need more structure and intensive psychiatric supervision than is available in outpatient treatment. We provide highly structured intervention for individuals who are in crisis but can safely reside in the community. Using cutting-edge treatments, tools, and techniques to help ensure recovery, clinicians focus on a person-centered model to create a customized treatment plan for each individual based on his or her specific diagnoses, symptoms, and goals.
Our multidisciplinary treatment approach combines case management, rehabilitation therapy, structured group programming, and psychiatry. Our capacity is 16 patients, with the length of participation averaging 7-14 days. The program operates Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.
The day program is available as step-down treatment from inpatient care or as a direct admission. On the first day, the patient meets with members of the clinical treatment team who work together to provide psychiatric stabilization, evaluate symptoms, conduct a full medication assessment, and identify family support and community resources.
Patients attend an intensive schedule of individual, group, and expressive arts therapies. The specifics of the schedule vary from day to day so that the groups attended over the course of a week may cover a variety of topics, including mindfulness, motivation, illness and symptom management, social skills, education, vocational therapy, substance abuse relapse, impulse control, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), expressive therapies, and more. Each day is carefully planned and allows time for self-focus as well as group work.
While our primary modality is CBT—a therapy model that helps patients connect thoughts and actions—we also employ other approaches such as the systems model, which focuses on patient-family and patient-community relationships to help nurture change and development. We help identify appropriate community agencies and primary care providers for each patient and family.
The program includes medication management to reduce symptoms and restore the patient’s functional abilities and emphasizes patient education to increase overall understanding of the illness and strengthen coping skills. We help patients to set goals for pursuing a meaningful life path. Our team also focuses on family education to help strengthen the patient’s social support system and improve management of stress for family members.
The emphasis of the day program, reinforced by evidence-based treatment and cutting-edge therapy models, is to provide a sufficient level of stability for the patient to be able to transition to an outpatient level of care. Our team of well-trained and compassionate clinicians fosters an environment to help our patients to succeed.