McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program
If Your Child Is in Crisis, We Are Here to Help
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.
Admission & Cost
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.