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The Support, Treatment, and Resilience (STAR) Program delivers high-quality outpatient care to teens and young adults ages 14-25 who are at risk of psychotic illnesses.
The program offers individual therapy and medication management for young people who are experiencing changes that impact thinking, emotions, behavior, and functioning that may indicate an increased risk for psychosis.
If you or your loved one are experiencing any of these changes, STAR may be able to help:
The program is also suitable for young people who may have a close relative diagnosed with a psychotic disorder.
STAR is covered by most insurance carriers. Length of treatment varies depending on the needs of the individual.
For those who are seeking treatment following a first episode of psychosis, please consider McLean OnTrack.
The goal of the STAR Program is to intervene early to promote mental well-being and improve functioning at home, school, work and social life.
A majority of mental health disorders have roots in childhood and adolescence. In teens and young adults, it can be difficult to differentiate between the normal challenges of growing up and emerging mental illness.
STAR’s clinicians focus on helping patients to understand the changes they are experiencing. With a focus on resilience, the STAR Program, helps teens and young adults manage stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, maintain daily routines, set and meet goals, and learn self-care.
Each patient meets regularly with a program therapist and psychiatrist. Our staff creates treatment plans geared to the specific needs of the individual.
Treatment is customized for each patient and can include:
The STAR Program is ideal for adolescents and young adults ages 14-25 who are experiencing changes in thoughts, behavior, emotions, or functioning.
Speaking with a trained professional about diagnosis and treatment is a critical first step in early intervention and in understanding and addressing the problem. Contact us now to get help for you or your loved one.
For further information about the program or to make a referral, please contact:
Sarah Burke, LICSW, Program Director
Prior to admission, we review prospective patients to determine whether the program is a good fit for the individual. Please fill out the STAR Program Referral Form. Once the form is received, someone from the program will get in touch.
STAR is 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.
Sarah Burke, LICSW, Program Director
Ms. Burke began working at McLean Hospital in 2016 as a clinical social worker at the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program. She holds a BA in Social Work from Providence College, and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College.
Perihan Esra Guvenek-Cokol, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Guvenek-Cokol is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, specializing in psychotic disorders and childhood anxiety disorders. In addition to her role as medical director for the STAR Program, she is medical director for Appleton, a residential treatment program.
Joseph Stoklosa, MD, Clinical Director, Center of Excellence in Psychotic Disorders
Dr. Stoklosa is also the assistant program director for the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He is actively involved in educational research and founded the Clinician Educator Program for the MGH/McLean residency program. Dr. Stoklosa also developed the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program’s clinical care model, which is focused on improving the use of evidence-based treatment.
At STAR, our clinical social worker works together with our psychiatrists. The team strives to build trusting and collaborative relationships with patients and family members in a caring and supportive environment.
The STAR Program operates within the Center of Excellence in Psychotic Disorders, led by Dost Öngür, MD, PhD.
The program is located on the Belmont campus in the Admissions Building. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.
STAR’s outpatient care focuses on early intervention for symptoms that may or may not lead to a psychotic disorder. Teens and young adults ages 14-25 may be experiencing changes in thoughts, emotions, functioning, or behaviors.
Family involvement in their loved one’s treatment is strongly encouraged. We offer support for family members.
Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. No smoking is allowed inside any of our buildings.
Cell phone use is strongly discouraged during treatment and in the waiting room to prevent disruption of the program and others.
All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean’s Health Information Management Department.