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Child and adolescent inpatient services are offered at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston, Massachusetts. The McLean-Franciscan mental health programs are a joint effort which unites the strengths of a premier mental health provider with a nationally recognized leader in pediatric rehabilitation and special education. It is a place for hope and healing for children in psychiatric crisis, offering expert acute stabilization, assessment, and inpatient mental health treatment in a safe and nurturing environment. The goal of the program is for each child and adolescent to successfully return to his or her home, school, and community.
The inpatient program operates 24 hours a day and offers high-quality individualized psychiatric crisis care for youth, ages three through nineteen, of all developmental abilities and diagnostic categories. The focus of treatment involves restoration of safety, targeting high-risk behaviors, and most frequently, reduction of suicidal behaviors.
The McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program is located within Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston, Massachusetts. The program consists of two wings, one for children and one for adolescent patients. Along with classrooms, treatment facilities, use of a gymnasium, and access to all of Franciscan Hospital’s many resources, the program’s patient rooms are spacious and many of them double occupancy.
The goal of our strength-based treatment program is to promote safety and a sense of hope and stability, while encouraging active child and family involvement in treatment within the inpatient program, and post hospital discharge. The program’s cognitive behavioral treatment focus includes expert diagnostic assessment, medication treatment as appropriate, and mobilization of the child’s family and support system. Individual, group, and family therapy, as well as school and symptom education services are hallmarks of the program.
Diagnostic evaluation and multidisciplinary assessment of the severity of symptoms, presenting problem, and cognitive functioning are completed within 24 hours of admission and a report of the results is provided to the treatment team. The assessment service also maintains a current database that tracks patient functioning at admission, discharge, and follow-up. The therapeutic program introduces the patient to a range of techniques, including positive behavioral support, designed to assist in stabilizing children in crisis, reducing high-risk symptoms, and beginning the acquisition of skills related to overcoming mental health crises.
A child’s participation in the structured daily program is an important part of comprehensive assessment and treatment. The daily schedule is designed to engage each child in a range of developmentally appropriate therapy, school, and daily living experiences. The structured activities help organize children in a time of crisis, provide opportunities to learn and practice important coping skills, and offers an assessment of each child’s response to different situations.
The McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program is ideal for kids and teens in need of acute crisis stabilization.
To contact the 24-hour referral line, please call:
More information about the program may be found in our welcome guide: Family Welcome Book.
Franciscan Hospital for Children is a participating provider in the Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs, as well as Massachusetts Blue Cross Blue Shield and the majority of HMO and commercial plans. We also work with non-participating insurance plans on a case-by-case basis to ensure that all of our patients’ financial needs are adequately met.
Treatment integrates case management services with family, school and agency support systems. Your child will work with a large team of staff members, all of whom have different credentials and expertise in child and adolescent mental health care. This team includes a specific child psychiatrist and clinical social worker who will coordinate the care for you and your child, as well as a larger team of psychiatric nurses, mental health counselors and clinical educators. Each of these team members is an essential part of your child’s treatment. Together, they will provide a safe and nurturing environment, along with mental health consultation, diagnostic services, and treatment for your child. Additional professional consultations and referrals will also be provided for your child, as needed. You will have the opportunity to meet with staff throughout your child’s stay. A clinical social worker assigned on the first weekday of admission will be your primary contact.
The program is located at Franciscan Hospital, in Boston. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.
Our inpatient program focuses on treating children and adolescents, ages 3 to 19, with an array of psychiatric symptoms, including those in crisis, who are in need of care.
Family involvement, including family therapy and family meetings, is integral to our treatment approach. We focus on open and honest communication between the family and their child’s treatment team and encourage parents and family to participate in the child’s healthcare.
Franciscan Hospital for Children is a smoke-free campus and the program is non-smoking.
Visiting hours are 6:15-8pm Monday through Friday and 1-3pm and 6-8pm on weekends and holidays. If necessary, alternative arrangements may be made with the clinical social worker.
To protect confidentiality and privacy of other patients, phones or games with cameras and all types of cameras are not allowed, but children have access to unit phones. Computers, laptops, DVD players and electronics with power cords, including all plug-in radios, hair dryers, hair curlers, fans, etc., are not allowed. Battery operated electronics, including iPods, MP3 players and handheld DVD players are allowed, but must be stored in the locked electronics cabinet and signed in and out and by staff. There is supervised computer access in classrooms, but please note that there is no access to Facebook.
While our first priority is treatment, we recognize the importance of education. Each weekday, our clinical educators provide individualized instruction based upon the unique needs of each child, as part of their assessment and treatment. With parental consent, the program is in contact with the child’s local school system to assist in keeping up with current schoolwork.
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 Franciscan Hospital’s Clinical Information Systems/Medical Record Department.
To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean, on the Belmont campus.
McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of 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 US and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.