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The Adult Inpatient Services provide thorough, individualized diagnosis and treatment alongside stabilization of acute symptoms. Covered by most health insurance providers, our programs are most appropriate for individuals ages 17 and older experiencing psychiatric illness that may be related to mood and anxiety and/or psychotic disorders, with or without co-occurring mental health conditions such as substance use disorders. We offer intensive, short-term, around the clock care, with patient stays varying between 3 and 14 days.
For more information or to make a referral, please call 617.855.3141.
Inpatient treatment is available in two locations, our main campus in Belmont and McLean SouthEast (MSE) in Middleborough. In Belmont, programs include the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program, which focuses on acute treatment of psychotic disorders, the Short Term Unit, a program specializing in disorders that respond to crisis intervention including depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders, and the Community Reintegration Unit, which puts emphasis on helping patients with psychotic disorders regain stability in the least amount of time spent in the hospital. The North Belknap Adult Inpatient Program and the McLean SouthEast Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Program provide intensive, acute mental health care and resources to patients with an array of diagnoses.
We understand that psychiatric illness affects not only the individual but also the entire family, which is why our compassionate and experienced staff takes a comprehensive approach to treatment and recovery, incorporating loved ones in patient care as appropriate. We utilize evidence-based treatment and therapy models informed by cutting-edge research conducted at McLean and around the world. By incorporating various approaches, treatment can be customized for each individual to help ensure recovery.
Patients follow structured schedules—combining group, family, and individual therapy—targeted at reducing the severity of the patient’s symptoms and focused on different cognitive behavioral therapy strategies to prevent relapse. Designed to engage patients in their recovery, each day is carefully planned with ample time for treatment, self-focus, team meetings, and expressive arts therapy.
“Every single staff member that has helped me has been instrumental in my recovery. I owe my life to the care and guidance I received here.”– Former patient at McLean SouthEast
Our expert clinical teams specialize in a wide range of mental health disorders and is devoted to improving the quality of life of patients and their families. The programs’ comfortable accommodations are an ideal setting for patients to focus on recovery. Our 24-hour care also includes available emergency psychiatric and medical personnel.
The Adult Inpatient Services take a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to patient care, using cutting-edge treatments, tools, and techniques to help ensure recovery. Working in close partnership with patients and families, clinicians create a customized treatment plan for each individual based on his or her specific symptoms, the severity of the symptoms, and other co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses. Our inpatient care focuses on acute stabilization as well as transitioning patients to less intensive treatment options or—safely and independently—to their home, community residence, or other outpatient treatment setting.
Treatment integrates a combination of cognitive behavioral therapies—therapy models that help patients connect thoughts and actions—with individual and group therapies, expressive arts therapies, and medication consultation to help patients manage their symptoms and restore their functional abilities. We also emphasize patient education to increase overall understanding of the illness and strengthen coping skills. The program helps patients to set goals towards stabilization and recovery.
Each patient’s multidisciplinary treatment team—which includes a psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, and nurse—works together to provide psychiatric stabilization, evaluate symptoms, conduct a full medication review, and identify family support. The treatment plan evolves to meet the ongoing needs of the individual in order to ensure the patient is set on a path to recovery with the greatest chance of success. Patients also benefit from access to experts and services throughout McLean Hospital including consultations, support groups, and an array of aftercare treatment options.
Patients’ structured daily schedules include a complement of group therapy sessions that highlight topics such as relapse prevention, symptom management, illness education, affirmation and coping skills, and many more. Our expressive arts therapy program incorporates music, art, and movement, which gives patients an enhanced sense of well-being. Research shows that expressive arts therapies improve clinical and behavioral outcomes and help reduce stress and anxiety.
Family involvement is a central component to treatment, with the permission of the patient, and regular family visits are built into the treatment schedule alongside family education to strengthen the patient’s social support system and improve management of the stress of caring for a loved one with mental illness. We also help identify appropriate social service agencies and community clinicians for each patient and family.
The Adult Inpatient Services are suitable for patients ages 17 and older experiencing psychiatric illness that may be related to mood and anxiety and/or psychotic disorders with or without co-occurring diagnoses including substance abuse. Our programs are appropriate for those who could benefit from intensive inpatient stabilization.
For more information or to make a referral, please contact our admissions coordinator:
The Adult Inpatient Services are covered by most insurance providers. McLean Hospital accepts Medicare, Massachusetts Medicaid, and many private insurance and managed care plans.
More information on insurance providers accepted by McLean Hospital may be found on the Mass General Brigham website. You may also find it beneficial to review McLean’s patient billing and financial assistance information. We understand that navigating the insurance system can be challenging, which is why we assist prospective patients to help determine eligibility. We welcome your questions and concerns.
Joel Solomon, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Solomon leverages his training in pediatrics and psychiatry to lead a family-focused and team-based approach to collaborative patient care. He enjoys teaching and leadership roles as well as his clinical work with patients and families. He holds a faculty appointment through Harvard Medical School and previously through Brown University. He co-authors articles, delivers talks regarding suicide prevention, and teaches medical students.
Karen Slifka, RN, MS, CS, Nurse Director
Ms. Slifka began her career at McLean in the child inpatient units and later moved into the child outpatient program in therapy, medication management, and research. She has been working in the Community Reintegration Unit since 2004 and has continued her research regarding metabolic syndrome in the inpatient program.
Mark Longsjo, LICSW, Program Director
Mr. Longsjo oversees the adult inpatient and partial hospital programs at McLean SouthEast (MSE). He joined McLean Hospital in 1999 when MSE was established and has led the program’s growth over the years to serve more patients with enhanced services over a wider geographic area. He is a recipient of McLean’s Vision of Excellence Award and the Partners in Excellence Award and has been a member of the President’s Cabinet, the hospital’s leadership group.
Jeffrey D. Rediger, MD, MDiv, Medical Director
Dr. Rediger has served as medical director for MSE since 2004. He is also an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and publishes in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, and spirituality. His work has been featured on the Oprah and Dr. Oz television shows, among others.
Darlyn M. Scott, MSN, RN-BC, Nurse Director
Ms. Scott has been the nurse director of MSE’s Adult Psychiatric Program since 2011, overseeing a comprehensive inpatient nursing department. She previously worked for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health in supervisory roles, including nurse manager at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and nurse manager in the geriatric psychiatric unit at MetroWest Medical Center.
Duncan C. MacCourt, JD, MD, Associate Medical Director
Dr. MacCourt currently serves as the attending psychiatrist for the adult partial hospital program at MSE and is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Fellowship trained in cancer psychiatry, he publishes in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, and law. He teaches in the Harvard South Shore residency program and at Harvard Law School, where he is a lecturer.
Lisa Llanas Hagberg, MD, Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Llanas Hagberg graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and the Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program at The Cambridge Hospital. Her specific clinical interests are in the areas of mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Simona Sava, MD, PhD, Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Sava is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adult mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Her clinical interests include the neurobiology of mental illness, medication management, quality improvement, cross-cultural psychiatry, collaborative care, and medical education. In her clinical practice, she uses a multifaceted approach that integrates biological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care.
Agustin G. Yip, MD, PhD, Medical Director
Dr. Yip was previously associate medical director of the Short Term Unit. His research interests include the optimal design, conduct, analysis, and cumulative synthesis of comparative effectiveness studies of neuromodulation in psychiatry.
Christopher A. Richard, BSN, RN, Nurse Director
Joining McLean Hospital after almost 20 years working at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital inpatient psychiatric program, Mr. Richard is experienced in the de-escalation and management of aggressive patient behaviors and trauma informed care. He also focuses on the education and training of program staff.
Stephanie C. Valcourt, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Valcourt is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. With a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, she completed her psychiatry residency training at MGH/McLean. Dr. Valcourt actively participates in the training of psychiatry residents and medical students. Her clinical and research interests have focused on minimizing potential side effects of antipsychotic medications.
Jeanne McElhinney, MS, RN, BC, Nurse Director
Ms. McElhinney began her career at McLean Hospital in 1986, and her passion for nursing continues to this day. Her leadership and professionalism has garnered her numerous awards and recognition. She is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to patients and a supportive work environment for the staff.
Steven E. Gelda, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Gelda’s clinical interests and expertise center on stabilizing patients who are in crisis due to environmental and interpersonal factors as well as those experiencing an episode of major mental illness. He focuses on interventions including medication management, TMS, and ECT, as well as those involving the social systems in which patients are embedded such as family, work, and health care systems.
Fernando Rodriguez-Villa, MD, Medical Director, Short Term Unit, North
Dr. Rodriguez-Villa’s main areas of clinical interest include mood disorders, suicide, college mental health, medical education, stigma reduction, and cross-cultural psychiatry. He serves on the Patient Family Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the Stigma Committee at McLean Hospital and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Ann Rapoport, MSN, RN, PCNS, Nurse Director
Ms. Rapoport specializes in the nursing care of adults and older adults, especially those with mood disorders, and in nursing management of acute inpatient units. Since joining McLean in 1981, Ms. Rapoport has served as nurse director of various programs, including the Older Adult Program, and was previously nursing supervisor for the hospital from 1985 to 1996.
Working in close partnership with patients and families, our clinicians provide high-quality care tailored to each individual’s needs. Our multidisciplinary teams include board-certified psychiatrists, licensed psychologists and clinical social workers, registered nurses, expressive therapists, and mental health specialists.
Each member of our highly trained teams has an extensive background in treating adults with psychiatric illness and experience working with patients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the country and around the world.
McLean offers inpatient services at two locations, on our main campus in Belmont and at McLean SouthEast in Middleborough, Massachusetts. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.
Our programs focuses on treating adults with various types of psychiatric illness such as depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, delusional disorders, and other related mood and thought disorders, with and without co-occurring diagnoses like alcohol and drug abuse.
With permission of the patient, we welcome and encourage family members and significant people in the patient’s life to be involved in care. Family support is a routine part of treatment.
Smoking policies vary from program to program, however, smoking is strongly discouraged, and most McLean Hospital programs support smoking cessation as a component of treatment.
At the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program, visiting hours are 3-8pm Monday through Friday and 1-9pm weekends and holidays. Other arrangements can be made, as needed. The Short Term Unit’s visiting hours are 4-8pm Monday through Friday and 12-8pm on weekends, and at the Community Reintegration Unit, visiting hours are 12-8pm daily. At the McLean SouthEast Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Program, visiting hours are 12-2pm and 5-7pm daily.
Policies for cell phones and other electronic devices vary by 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.
All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean’s Health Information Management Department.
To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.
McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize many 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 U.S. and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.
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