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Why We Oppose Question 1: McLean Nurse Shares His Perspective

In November 2018, Massachusetts residents will vote on ballot Question 1, a proposed law that would limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities. This will be devastating for behavioral and mental health facilities. Concerned by the negative impact that this proposed law would have on overall patient care,...

McLean Staff Discuss Mental Health With Senator Angus King of Maine

Roger D. Weiss, MD, chief of McLean Hospital’s Substance Use Disorders Division; Adriana Bobinchock, senior director of Public Affairs and Communications at McLean; and Christine Tebaldi, PMHNP-BC, director of Clinical Business Development at McLean, joined Maine Senator Angus King this past July for a discussion about the opiate crisis, access to mental health care, and the stigma that too...

Researchers Call for a Unified Approach to Preventing Suicides and Other Self-Injury Deaths

Self-injury mortality (SIM), a composite of all methods of suicide and estimated non-suicide deaths from drug self-intoxication, has surpassed diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, prompting researchers to call for a new unified approach to SIM prevention. “It is time to end the siloed approach to prevention,” said Hilary S. Connery, MD, PhD, clinical...

McLean Hospital – A Leader in Mental Health

As a leader in the field, McLean Hospital is committed to offering world-class patient care, conducting cutting-edge research, and delivering exceptional education for mental health professionals and the general public.

McLean Hospital Donates Defibrillators to Town of Ashburnham

On June 22, 2018, McLean Hospital donated defibrillators to the Ashburnham, Massachusetts, fire and police departments. The donations were in recognition of the town’s support of McLean Hospital during the many years that McLean’s Ambulatory Treatment Center at Naukeag was based in Ashburnham. The program was recently relocated to a larger facility in Petersham, Massachusetts, to...

McLean Team Wins Technology Competition

A McLean team took home the top prize in the 2017 Partners Connected Health Innovation Challenge for their proposal to translate a highly effective addiction treatment into a platform for mobile phones and other devices. Led by Cheryl Cronin, MBA, MA, the team consists of clinicians and staff from McLean’s Center of Excellence in Substance Use Disorders, including Fernside, one of McLean...

Program Newsletters Educate Staff and Streamline Communication

Staff at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Inpatient Program have noticed a significant drop in emails from Christopher A. Richard, BSN, RN, the nurse manager for the program. That’s because about a year and a half ago, Richard began publishing a two-page weekly newsletter chock full of timely information on everything from policy reminders to new hires. The publication also includes Joint...

Patient Story: Wayne

Wayne is a former patient at McLean’s LEADER program which offers substance abuse and trauma care for first responders. Learn about Wayne’s story.

Naukeag Addiction Treatment Program Relocates and Expands

This month, McLean Hospital’s longstanding Naukeag drug and alcohol abuse treatment program moved to an updated, larger location. The newly renamed McLean Naukeag at Prescott program is now located in Petersham, Massachusetts. Housed at Heywood Hospital’s Quabbin Retreat, McLean Naukeag at Prescott is part of a comprehensive project to bring expanded behavioral health services to...

Signature Recovery Programs

The Signature Recovery Programs—Fernside and Borden Cottage—specialize in treating men and women seeking world-class addiction treatment.

McLean’s Bertha Madras, PhD, Honored by Two National Substance Abuse Prevention Groups

For her work on combating substance abuse, Bertha K. Madras, PhD, a psychobiologist at McLean Hospital’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Division of Basic Neuroscience, has received recognition from two national organizations. On February 8, she accepted the National Leadership Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) at the group’s 28th Annual...

Battling the Opioid Epidemic Close to Home

Each day, we see it on the nightly news, in the paper, and in our hospital—the opioid epidemic has seeped into the fabric of our culture and years from now, we will still be coping with its catastrophic effects. While this is a national battle, it is also one being fought in our own backyards. In one way or another—through deaths, nonfatal overdoses, or disruptions to jobs, marriages...

Addiction Detox: A Step Toward Effective Recovery

Detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs is an important first step in recovery. However, it’s not only important to take that first step, but also to do it safely. What is Detoxification? There are several types of medical detoxification (detox), including detox from alcohol, benzodiazepines, or opioids. When someone requires alcohol detox, the patient’s alcohol intake is stopped...

McLean’s Integrated Group Therapy App Wins Innovation Challenge

A team from McLean Hospital won this year’s Partners Connected Health Innovation Challenge (CHIC) for a proposal to create a digital platform that brings integrated group therapy (IGT) to individuals with co-occurring mood disorders and addiction to drugs or alcohol. The team, which competed against more than 50 other submissions, will receive 200 hours of service from the Partners...

Tips for Staying Safe and Sober During the Holidays

It’s important for people to have a realistic attitude about the potential for anxiety or conflict during the holiday season—especially individuals who have issues with alcohol or drug abuse. Most of us go into the holiday period hoping for a harmonious time with family, friends, and co-workers, but there may be hidden conflicts based on past experiences or expectations that may not...

Patient Story: Chris

Chris received treatment at McLean’s Signature Recovery Program, Fernside. Watch Chris’ story of recovery.

Partners Connected Health Names a Team from McLean Hospital Winner of 2017 Innovation Challenge

Partners Connected Health today announced that a team from McLean Hospital was named the winner of the 2017 Partners Connected Health Innovation Challenge (CHIC). The Challenge was created to accelerate the development of disruptive, patient-centric, and connected health solutions, from Partners HealthCare employees and clinical faculty, to radically improve the lives of patients. To bridge the...

McLean’s Bertha Madras Named to President’s Opioid Commission

Bertha K. Madras, PhD, of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School has been named to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Created through an Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 29, the Commission will identify current strengths and weaknesses in our nation’s response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis and...

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