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McLean Hospital

115 Mill Street, Belmont, Massachusetts, 02478
McLean Hospital is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital committed to providing easy access to superior quality, cost-effective mental health services in the Boston area, Massachusetts and beyond.

Facility Highlights

  • Harvard Medical School Affiliate
  • Nation's Most Honored Psychiatric Hospital
  • Outpatient Services


  • Recreational Center

    Opened a state-of-the-art Fitness and Social Recreational Center for McLean inpatients, residential patients, partial hospital patients and students from the hospital's school programs.
  • Full Continuum of Care

    Coordination with outside clinicians, social service agencies and patient families helps to ensure a smooth transition among levels of care, encouraging re-integration into community-based life. Crisis intervention and short-term acute inpatient care is available to stabilize individuals by providing the highest quality medical and psychiatric resources. Acute inpatient treatment is provided in many of the hospital's clinical programs.

Facility Settings

  • Hospital

Meet the Staff

    BLAISE AGUIRRE, MDMedical Director
    Dr. Aguirre is an expert in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychopharmacology. He is medical director of 3East at Harvard - affiliated McLean Hospital, a unique, residential DBT program for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and borderline personality traits. Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean since 2000 and is widely recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents.
    SCOTT L. RAUCH, MDPresident and Psychiatrist in Chief
    Dr. Rauch received his undergraduate degree with honors in Neuroscience from Amherst College and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry as well as a Radiology Research Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Rauch served for many years as Associate Chief of Psychiatry for Neuroscience Research at MGH, where he was the founding Director of the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and the MGH Division of Psychiatric Neuroscience Research and Neurotherapeutics. Currently, Dr. Rauch is President and Psychiatrist in Chief of McLean Hospital as well as Chair of Partners Psychiatry and Mental Health. He holds an appointment as Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rauch has contributed over 250 publications to the scientific literature and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He has received numerous honors, including the 2004 Joel Elkes Award for outstanding contributions in translational research within psychiatry.

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As the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. is well-versed in evidence-based practices. With 11 locations throughout the Boston area, McLean has been serving the needs of clients seeking treatment for mental health and substance abuse since 1811.

Currently, the facility provides short-term residential treatment to adults requiring detoxification and stabilization. It also provides a variety of outpatient treatment programs and is one of the 32 (9.1 percent) of Massachusetts treatment facilities that have a partial hospitalization (PHP) program for adults seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.


The treatment process begins with an initial assessment to determine the clients’ treatment needs. McLean Hospital is one of 36 (10 percent) of hospitals in the state that offer substance abuse and mental health treatment programs.

Many clients begin their treatment in the detox program, where they are monitored at all times by trained medical staff members. Clients typically stay three to five days before being transferred to PHP or another program. McLean Hospital has one of only 34 (9.7 percent) hospital-based detox programs in the state.

Clients who need intensive care but are medically stable and able to commute daily from home are ideal candidates for PHP treatment. Clients attend treatment five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Treatment programs include education on chemical dependency, relapse prevention, and recovery life skills, as well as medication management, individual and group therapy, and case management. Recovery groups focus on learning healthy coping mechanisms and addressing psychiatric concerns. There are also support groups available for family members.

A number of outpatient services are available on an individual basis, including medication management and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). There are also a variety of outpatient groups that focus on substance abuse recovery or cater to the needs of those with psychiatric conditions such as personality disorders, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder.

The Landing program at McLean Hospital provides intensive residential treatment for adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health concerns such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. The program is co-educational and typically lasts 45 days. The treatment team utilizes cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), DBT, motivational interviewing, and 12-step-based facilitation. Teens participate in medication management, continual assessment, individual counseling, and educational and therapeutic groups. Only 52 (14 percent) of facilities in the state offer programs for adolescents.


The program is led by ** Ph.D. level Clinical Psychologists** and includes a multidisciplinary treatment team of board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, registered nurses, and expressive therapists.


The facility is located in Proctor House, a historic building on McLean Campus just a short drive from Boston. Rooms are shared and contain reportedly comfortable beds. There is access to common areas and a fitness facility.


Rehabs.com received mostly positive reviews from five alumni of McLean Hospital. Alumni indicated that they'd recommend treatment at the hospital.

Negative feedback centered around a lack of 12-step integration and holistic offerings, while a lot of positive feedback was given to the "very strong and supportive staff" and helpfulness of group meetings.

Family Participation: 3.2/5
Facility Cleanliness: 4/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.4/5
Would Recommend: 3.75/5

On Google, McLean Hospital as a whole has a 3.6 out of five star average rating from 76 reviews to date.[1] Reviewers expressed divided opinions on the staff: some wrote how the doctors “were amazing” while others like Laurie wrote how she felt “threatened by director.”


Eleven loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date were pleased overall with the treatment their loved ones received at McLean Hospital. The 11 loved ones indicated that they would recommend the facility. Several individuals noted therapy and staff as strengths of McLean Hospital.

Holistic Offerings: 3.1/5
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.1/5
Affordability: 3.3/5
Counseling Options: 4/5
Would Recommend: 4.2/5


At the time of this writing, one staff member provided mediocre feedback to Rehabs.com about McLean Hospital. The staff member gave four out of five stars for facility cleanliness and two out of five stars for its affordability. Three stars were given for its holistic offerings, counseling options, family participation, and the level of staff experience.


Although fees vary according to each client's needs, the residential programs are self-pay only. Financial assistance is made available to clients that qualify.

[1] GoogleReviews

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