Mclean Hospital


Specialized Mental Health Services for First Responders

Please Note: Treatment in some of McLean’s programs has been moved online due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Please contact the program directly for more information.

McLean Hospital understands that police, active military and other first responders endure unique on-duty and personal stresses, and also face many obstacles in seeking help. The LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) program at McLean Hospital is proud to provide specialized mental health and addiction services, designed specifically for men and women in uniform.

Under the leadership of Joseph Gold, MD, our team of physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and counselors is experienced and expert in working with police, active military and first responders.

We are here for you and your family. For more information or to make a referral, please call 617.855.3141.

“Ordinarily, I would not be receptive to this type of environment, but I was very comfortable with the counselors, other officers and the way we were treated by the McLean staff.”
– A 20+ year veteran police officer

Treatment Approach

Our goal is to work with you to address your individual needs and to provide the best possible care that will allow you to return to your career, family and community.

In order to provide you with all the resources you need to recover, in a comfortable and safe environment, McLean offers a number of care options, including inpatient, residential, partial hospital and outpatient programs.

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LEADER offers specialty mental health services for the unique needs of first responders

LEADER program components:

  • Specialized treatment for first responders who need to address issues of trauma, depression and or addiction
  • Inpatient treatment for life crisis and substance use disorders, including detox
  • Separate residential treatment programs for men and women
  • Outpatient programs providing individual and group therapy for men and women
  • Afternoon and weekend LEADER therapy groups with topics including: stress management, family impact, resiliency, healthy sleep, as well as medical complications and pain management
  • Exclusive access to the LEADER Consultation Team, experts in addressing the unique challenges faced by uniformed men and women
  • Priority access to all other McLean mental health specialty programs throughout our campuses
  • Specialized AA meetings for members of the law enforcement community
“I was diagnosed with catastrophic PTSD. No one could help me. I reluctantly went to McLean and my life is not only the best it’s been since the war, I’ve never felt this good in my entire life. Thank you McLean.”– A combat veteran of the Iraq war and local police officer

Admission & Cost


LEADER offers specialized mental health and addiction services, designed specifically for men and women in uniform.

For more information or to make a referral to LEADER, please contact:

Wendy Currie, LICSW, Director of Clinical Coordination
Phone: 617.855.3141

Be sure to mention that you are calling about a police officer, active duty National Guard, or other responder.


McLean 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.

Treatment Team

Program Leadership

Staff and Associates

Our multidisciplinary team of clinicians and support staff includes board-certified addiction psychiatrists, licensed psychologists and family therapists, registered nurses, and mental health specialists. Working in close partnership with patients and families, we create and provide high-quality care tailored to each individual’s needs.

This well-trained team has extensive background in the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. Our staff have experience working with patients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the country and around the world.

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