McLean SouthEast at Oak Street Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Adult Inpatient Program
Acute mental health care to help you regain your health
McLean SouthEast at Oak Street, a satellite site of McLean Hospital, provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for adults living with a variety of psychiatric illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Our schizophrenia and bipolar disorder inpatient program offers a variety of treatment and activities to support patients in their care and recovery.
Patients meet with a physician and clinical social worker regularly. We encourage individuals to take an active part in their care, including attending our therapeutic programming, such as clinical and activity-based groups.
McLean is here to help. Call us today at 617.855.3141 to learn about treatment options.
Simon Desjardins, MD, MBA, Medical Director
Dr. Desjardins has a wide breadth of experience in the fields of psychiatry and psychology. He has expertise in psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Dr. Desjardins earned a medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed psychiatric residency training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and earned an MBA in hospital administration from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the program located?
The McLean SouthEast at Oak Street Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Adult Inpatient Program is located at 52 Oak Street, Middleborough, Massachusetts. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.
What is the length of stay at the program? What happens at discharge?
Length of stay in our short-term program is dependent on the needs of the individual.
Patients work with their treatment team on a discharge plan. Patients meet with team members on a daily basis. Our goal is for patients to have a successful discharge plan.
For patients who may be struggling to develop or implement treatment goals, case managers meet with them to reevaluate clinical needs.
Because the length of stay varies, we expect patients to work on their discharge plan upon the first day of treatment. All patients need to have a list of supports and phone numbers upon discharge, in case of emergency.
Are visitors permitted?
Due to COVID-19, visitors are permitted, but on a limited basis. Please review the hospital’s COVID visitor policy for more information.
Is there access to a phone? Are cellphones and other electronics allowed?
The nurses station phone number is 774.419.1005. Patient phone numbers are 774.419.1070 and 774.419.1071.
Patient phones are available at no cost. They are in the hallway across from the nurses station.
If someone calls these phones, a patient answers the phone. The message is be posted on a board located near the phones. Please check this area when expecting a phone call. The time limit for use of these phones is 10 minutes. This allows other patients to be able to use them. Collect calls are not accepted at these phones.
Staff are available for assistance with using these phones.
A consent form must be signed before patients can use a cell phone on the unit. Please read this form before signing it. Please ask staff for any needed clarification before signing.
The care team decides when a patient is ready to use their phone. This is for their safety.
Please note that patients are liable for any misuse of their phone. It is very important to respect everyone’s privacy on our unit. Photos, videos, and audio recordings are not allowed at any time.
A charging station is available on the unit. Patient can hook up their phone to be charged once a day.
We ask that patients not use their phone at night. The noise disturbs other patients that are resting in their beds.
What precautions are taken regarding restricted Items and sharps?
Safety is our primary goal on the unit. Our staff want patients and everybody else to be safe throughout each patient’s stay.
To ensure patient safety, we have a list of restricted items that are not allowed on the unit: alcoholic beverages, drugs, medications, plastic bags, anything sharp, items made from glass, and any kind of weapon.
Also, cords of any kind, including headphones, are not allowed.
Is family involved in treatment?
Contact between family members and clinical social workers, including family meetings, are encouraged when clinically appropriate and permitted by the patient. Family meetings generally take place on weekday afternoons.
What are the general policies of the program?
Patient identification wristbands must be worn at all times to ensure correct identification and administration of all medications.
This is a smoke-free program. Smoking is not permitted on or off the unit during hospitalization.
Please send home any large amounts of money. Patients do not need money on the unit.
We do not have a storage area for suitcases, boxes, and tote bags. Patients should have only what is needed for a hospital stay.
McLean Hospital is not responsible for any of possessions that are lost, stolen, or broken.
Please do not have any food in patient rooms. Patients should try to keep their area in the room clean.
Staff assist patients if they need help in their room.
Patients may have to change to another room during the stay. Staff assist with this move if it is needed.
Cleaning staff clean patient rooms. When this happens patients cannot be present. Patients are asked to leave so the floors and bathrooms can be cleaned by staff.
Patients may wear their own clothing on the unit. Patient should note that they are with other people on the unit so should not dress in a manner that would make them feel uncomfortable.
Meals are provided by the hospital.
- Breakfast: 8am
- Lunch: 12noon
- Dinner: 5pm
We have a Nourishment Room for snacks that are provided. Nursing staff can open this room.
Please only have three days of clothing. There are laundry facilities available for patient use. Staff assist patients in the laundry room.
Letters to be mailed can be given to the receptionist at the nurses station. Postage is provided by the hospital. We discourage packages arriving on the unit by mail.
Please do not have any physical or sexual contact with other patients or visitors. Everyone is here is to work on their treatment and we want it to remain a treatment-focused unit.
What is the daily schedule?
Generally, each day follows this schedule:
- 7:00am: Personal time
- 7:30am: Medications
- 8:00am: Breakfast
- 9:30am: Fresh air break
- 10:00am: Community meeting
- 10:30am: ADLs
- 11:15am: Self-awareness
- 12:00pm: Lunch
- 12:45pm: Medications
- 1:15pm: Arts and crafts
- 2:00pm: Fresh air break
- 2:30pm: Symptom management
- 3:30pm: Fresh air break
- 4:00pm: Coping skills
- 4:45pm: Medications
- 5:00pm: Dinner
- 6:00pm: Relaxation skills
- 7:00pm: Movie/games
- 8:30pm: Wrap-up meeting
- 9:00pm: Medications
- 9:30pm: Relaxation skills
Is group therapy a component of patient care?
Patients are assigned to groups that are scheduled on the unit. Groups are a big part of treatment. Staff are available to answer any questions related to groups and group programming.
During groups, we ask that patients not cellphones and we ask that they are kept on mute.
Types of Clinical Groups Offered
Patients learn how to cope with symptoms of their diagnosis using healthy strategies and managing medication side effects.
Patients learn how to love yourself for who you are by showing yourself kindness and understanding.
This group uses cognitive behavior therapy which focuses on reframing thoughts and behaviors to make positive changes.
Dialectical behavior therapy teaches you how to not judge yourself, emotional regulation, communication, and acceptance skills.
To promote grounding, patients learn how to be more attuned to yourself, others, and your environment.
This group helps patients engage senses by practicing strategies and using various tools to promote self-regulation.
Patients learn to manage feelings, such as anxiety and anger, and learn how to respond in healthier ways.
Patients learn how to improve communication with others, advocate for yourself, and gain confidence with socializing.
In this group, patients learn about side effects, strategies to improve medication management, and how to ask questions about meds.
What activities do patients participate in?
There is a community meeting each morning where patients are asked to set a treatment-related goal for the day. Each evening there is a wrap-up to reflect on that goal.
Activity groups include therapeutic activities that focus on developing and practicing coping skills, doing arts and crafts, applying clinical skills, and exploring various leisure activities, like puzzles, music, board games, and much more!
While group attendance is always encouraged, patients who are not ready for group programs, or prefer to work individually, can ask group therapists, activity coordinators, social workers, or any other staff member for individual work. It is definitely encouraged over not doing anything at all!
Where can more information be found?
Unit staff are available to answer additional questions. More information may also be found in McLean’s patient guides, including Guide to Arriving at McLean Hospital. Paper copies are available upon request.
Patients may also find this video about our admission process a helpful way to understand how it works. Watch now.