The Belmont Adolescent Partial Hospital Program provides intensive, short-term, and highly focused psychiatric care for teens and young adults through age 19 with emotional and behavioral difficulties.
With a length of stay of approximately two weeks, this insurance-based partial hospital (day) program aims to stabilize adolescents who need more intensive care than outpatient treatment. Our expert clinicians teach teens effective ways of coping with life stressors.
The coeducational program is designed to maximize the individual’s personal responsibility and capacity for self-control. A commitment and willingness to engage in treatment is essential to achieving as much as one can from the program.
This program is ideal for:
- Teens who are struggling with mental health diagnoses, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder
- Young people seeking expert consultation for patients whose psychiatric illness is complicated by a co-occurring substance use disorder
- Adolescents who require intensive, structured treatment but can manage living at home
Located on McLean Hospital’s main campus in Belmont, Massachusetts, we offer a structured intervention for individuals who are experiencing emotional difficulties but can safely reside in the community. The program is available as a step-down option from an inpatient or residential program or as a direct admission from the community.
Groups and structured activities involve skills training, team building, and recreational therapy. These pursuits enhance daily living skills, build self-mastery and esteem, and provide a sense of autonomy and membership in a community. We offer a full range of services, including assessment and consultation, group therapy, skills training, medication evaluation, and family therapy. As part of the Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the program offers access to care and services throughout McLean Hospital.
With more intensive supervision and treatment than the traditional outpatient setting, the partial hospital program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach including case management, rehabilitation therapy, structured group programming, and psychiatry. The day program operates Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.
Learn more about child and adolescent mental health care at McLean.
The primary goal of treatment at the Belmont Adolescent Partial Hospital Program is to help teens to develop adaptive ways of coping with life stressors and symptoms of psychiatric illness so that they are better able to live and function safely and effectively at home, in school, and in their respective communities.
Treatment is available for an array of mental health challenges, including mood and anxiety disorders and their associated behaviors, family and school difficulties, and alcohol and drug misuse. To provide the best care possible, we develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of each of our patients.
Every adolescent entering our program undergoes an initial assessment with a psychiatrist and a psychologist or clinical social worker. The evaluation takes into account biological, psychological, and social strengths and vulnerabilities. For teens and young adults prone to self-destructive behaviors, including self-injury and suicidal ideation, dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy—treatment models that help patients connect thoughts and actions—are used to help develop coping skills to deal with emotionally overwhelming circumstances, interpersonal conflicts, and self-destructive urges.
Additional components of treatment include case management, classroom-based skills training, individual and family meetings, expressive music and art therapies, skills coaching, group therapy, recreational therapy, and medication evaluation.
When needed, additional specialty consultations are available in neurology, eating disorders, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and trauma. Following any specialty consultation, the patient’s multidisciplinary clinical team incorporates the care recommendations into the customized treatment plan.
Families are integral to treatment. We ask that they participate in family meetings and we also offer parent support groups. Clinical social workers and/or psychologists are available for telephone feedback and consultation. As a resource and partner within the community, we also make extensive effort to involve community providers—including therapists, agencies, and schools—in treatment and aftercare planning.
Admission & Cost
The Belmont Adolescent Partial Hospital Program focuses on treating teenagers ages 13 to 19 who are struggling with mental health diagnoses such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.
With a length of stay of approximately two weeks, we also offer expert consultation for those whose illness is complicated by a co-occurring drug or alcohol misuse.
For more information or to make a referral to the program, please contact our admissions coordinator:
Prospective patients and families should fill out the Belmont Adolescent Partial Hospital Program Referral Form. Once the form is returned to the program, we can help determine if the program is an appropriate option.
We understand that navigating the insurance system can be challenging, which is why we assist prospective patients to help determine eligibility. We welcome your questions and concerns and have a dedicated staff to help you.
The Belmont Adolescent Partial Hospital Program 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.