Introducing McLean SouthEast at Oak Street

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McLean SouthEast at Oak Street is McLean Hospital’s latest effort to improve access to care for the most vulnerable members of society.

Located in Middleborough, Massachusetts, less than a mile from our other McLean SouthEast location at Isaac Street, McLean SouthEast at Oak Street is home to 68 new inpatient beds, serving adolescents and adults in psychiatric crisis.

Meeting the Growing Need

News headlines across Massachusetts, the U.S., and around the globe, have been reporting on mental health crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • STAT: ‘Every day is an emergency’: The pandemic is worsening psychiatric bed shortages nationwide
  • ABC News: The boarding crisis: Why some kids are waiting days in the ER for psychiatric ward beds
  • Kaiser Health News: Pandemic unveils growing suicide crisis for communities of color
  • Baltimore Sun: As suicides increase, more psychiatric beds needed to treat people

Recent studies have shown:

  • An estimated 40% of American adults have a condition involving mental illness or substance misuse
  • In June 2021, federal health officials reported nearly 11% of adults surveyed seriously considered suicide during the past 30 days

The COVID pandemic has increased the need for mental health services across all age groups, with more people than ever feeling the effects of disrupted life routines, increased isolation, fear, loss, grief, stress, and trauma.

In addition to our 24-bed unit caring for people who live with psychotic disorders, Oak Street also has a 22-bed depression and anxiety program for adults. Opening this program in the southeastern part of the Commonwealth provides greater access to care to underserved populations.

While the number of adults seeking psychiatric care has grown in recent years, so have the needs of adolescents.

During these past 18 months, adolescents are experiencing and exhibiting drastic increases in depressive symptoms, self-injuring behavior, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts.

  • April-October 2020, the number of children’s mental health-related emergency room visits rose 24% among 5- to 11-year-olds and surged 31% among 12- to 17-year-olds, compared to that period in 2019
  • Between March and September of 2020, 39% of children who came to Massachusetts emergency rooms with a mental health issue ended up boarding (staying overnight at the ER rather than being admitted to a mental health treatment facility)

McLean’s new 22-bed adolescent inpatient unit at Oak Street will help alleviate the challenges families face when seeking mental health care for their teens.

As McLean SouthEast opens its doors and welcomes patients to its programs, McLean Hospital and the teams at Isaac Street and Oak Street are proud to be serving families from across the region.