Transitional Residential Care
The 3East Cambridge Transitional Residence is appropriate for teens and young women who would benefit from extended care before returning to live in the community, either with others or on their own.
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near to McLean’s main campus, the ten-bed program is designed for women who have already received and benefitted from intensive DBT treatment, at McLean or elsewhere, and have not engaged in self-harm or suicidal behavior in the eight weeks prior to admission.
Program participants make an initial three-month commitment but total length of time in the program depends on each individual’s progress and specific set of circumstances.
This community-based residence uses DBT and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) techniques, including an adaptation of DBT called “Accepting the Challenges of Exiting the System,” or DBT-ACES.
Patients work to develop an effective balance of self-sufficiency and use of supports while participating in activities outside of mental health treatment, such as employment, academics, and/or volunteering. Clinical social workers, psychiatrists, transition specialists, and other program staff support individuals to progress toward their goals.
The program aims to help our patients transition to age appropriate levels of independence and enhance healthy functioning outside the treatment setting.
Individuals work toward this goal by practicing both general life skills and DBT skills at the residence, in school, and while taking part in program offerings or other approved social, vocational, or educational activities. At this level of care, the clinical team further customizes the patient’s treatment plan to reach additional goals on the path toward recovery.
At the 3East DBT Outpatient Clinic, located at McLean’s Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we provide treatment for adolescents and young adults between the ages of 8 and 22.
We specialize in identifying and treating depression and risky behavior that may include suicidal ideation and suicidal thoughts, substance use, disordered eating, risky sexual behavior, and other forms of risk-taking. This coed program provides individual, family, and multi-family group sessions throughout the week.
Pre-Adolescent Outpatient Track (ages 8-12)
Program participants make a minimum 30-week commitment.
Our treatment approach engages the patient and family in targeting treatment areas such as managing difficult or intense emotions, navigating interpersonal problems, tolerating distress, learning effective parenting techniques to manage emotions, reducing disruptive behaviors, and improving communication.
Adolescent Outpatient Track (ages 13-22)
Program participants make a minimum 20-week commitment. Our treatment approach engages the patient and family in targeting five treatment areas—confusion about self, impulsivity, emotional instability, interpersonal problems, and parent-teen problems.
Upon reaching their treatment goals, patients are invited to participate in graduate groups, designed to help maintain accomplishments and provide continued support to teens and young adults as they strive to build a more fulfilling life.
Outpatient services in both tracks include weekly individual family therapy and weekly multi-family skills groups, weekly individual therapy sessions, and skills coaching to support effective use of skills outside of treatment.
Admission & Cost
The 3East continuum of care is designed to provide individualized programs for teens and young adults who have symptoms of self-harm/self-mutilation (such as cutting), impulsivity, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, suicidal thoughts and behavior, drug and alcohol misuse, and trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Our expert clinicians use intensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help individuals progress through treatment and build the skills and strategies they need to lead stable, meaningful, and productive lives.
We accept patients from across the United States and around the world, and can help arrange admission from most domestic or international locations.
Our self-pay programs offer varying levels of care to address the specific needs, diagnoses, and challenges of each of our patients. The programs are specifically designed to provide options for patients at different phases of the treatment and recovery process.
For more information, or to make a referral, please contact an admission coordinator:
Residential and Step-Down Programs
Partial Hospital (Day) Program
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We work with families and referring clinicians to determine whether our programs are an appropriate option for each young person. A preliminary screening is conducted over the phone to gather as much pertinent information as possible and to explain our mission and the specifics of our programs.
Prospective patients and families or referring clinicians seeking partial hospital (day program) care should fill out the 3East Partial Hospital Program Referral Form. Once the form is returned to the program, we can help determine whether this is an appropriate option.
- 3East Girls Intensive Program: $1,800 per day with a 42-day minimum length of stay
- 3East Boys Intensive Program: $1,800 per day with a 42-day minimum length of stay
- 3East Girls Intensive Step-Down Program, with a daytime partial hospital program: $1,800 per day
- 3East Girls Cambridge Residence: $900 per day
- 3East Partial Hospital Program: $900 per day
- 3East DBT Outpatient Clinic: $5,500 self-pay service fee, with insurance covering individual therapy, family therapy, and medication management—length of stay is variable
The programs in the 3East continuum of care are primarily self-pay. Most programs do not accept insurance or assist with insurance reimbursement efforts.
Some treatment services in the 3East DBT Outpatient Clinic are insurance-based and outpatient program staff are available to answer insurance-related questions.
For more information on what is included in the residential day rate, see below.