The Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) 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 between 10 and 14 days, this insurance-based residential program focuses on stabilizing adolescents in acute crisis.
Our coeducational program, located at McLean SouthEast in Middleborough, Massachusetts, operates in an unlocked setting, maximizing each individual’s responsibility and capacity for self-control. The ART is a voluntary program so patients must be willing to participate in treatment.
We specialize in treating teenagers who are struggling with psychiatric diagnoses such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Groups and structured activities involve skills training, team building, preparing meals, 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.
Teens and young adults can be referred to the program from any level of care, including crisis care/inpatient, partial hospital, and outpatient. We offer a full range of services, including assessment and consultation, group therapy, skills training, education, medication evaluation and management, and family therapy. As part of the Center of Excellence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the program offers access to care and services throughout McLean Hospital.
We also offer day program services. The McLean SouthEast Adolescent Partial Hospital Program, is ideal for teens who require intensive, structured treatment but are able to manage living at home.
Our staff is composed of a multidisciplinary group of board-certified psychiatrists, licensed psychologists and clinical social workers, registered nurses, and expressive therapists. The ART staff specializes in making sophisticated assessments, diagnoses, and recommendations in complex situations.
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The primary goal of treatment at the Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program is to help adolescents stabilize so that they may pursue further treatment in a partial or an outpatient setting. In order to provide the best care possible, we work to 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 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 helps patients connect thoughts and actions—are used to help develop the 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 and milieu therapy, recreational therapy, and medication evaluation and management.
Treatment covers the full psychiatric spectrum, including mood and thought disorders and their associated behaviors, family and school difficulties, and alcohol and drug misuse. Patients may need intense verbal support during their stays, but are expected to maintain self-control without the need for physical management.
When needed, additional specialty consultations are available in neurology, eating disorders, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and trauma. Following any specialty consultation, the multidisciplinary clinical team develops an individualized treatment plan that includes the recommendations of consultants.
Families are integral to treatment. We ask that they participate in family meetings and also offer parent support groups. Parents are invited to visit and at a certain point are encouraged to take their child on passes to leave campus. Clinical social workers are available regularly for phone feedback and consultation. As a resource and partner within the community, we also make extensive effort to involve community treaters, including therapists, agencies, and schools, in treatment and aftercare planning.
The partial hospital program also offers a structured intervention for individuals who are in crisis but can safely reside in the community. The program is available as step-down option from an inpatient program or as a direct admission.
With a more intensive supervision and treatment than the traditional outpatient setting, our 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.
Admission & Cost
The Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program focuses on treating teenagers ages 13 to 19 who are struggling with psychiatric diagnoses such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.
For more information or to make a referral to the Adolescent ART, please contact our admissions coordinator: