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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.

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  • 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.

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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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Overall Ratings
  • 3.4
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  • 3.2
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Call in January 2021 for information about the trauma treatment program and was told by admission coordinator that McClean only accepts Massachusetts residents. Recently found out that this is not true.
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It was surprising to me how little depth of understanding the workers at McLean Hospital had of Mental illness. I really felt insulted even though my family spent $20,000 for me to be there. It’s been tough getting over that trauma.
    My son relapsed with alcohol, and was feeling suicidal when he made the decision to check himself in here. He was brought to detox, and I was told that he would be out in a day or so! he had another dangerous drug in his system, and since he contemplated jumping off the “highest bridge,” I would have certainly thought that they would have kept in for the maximum ten days for residential psychiatric care, but instead, they shipped him to the first extended residential program because they had a bed. How about a bed at your facility to further evaluate my son, and see if he is even capable of making the next step? To make matters worse, I wasn’t even given the common courtesy of a phone call that our son was leaving for another facility. No wonder mental illness is so prevalent in our society. Most of these places are just looking for a paycheck with little to no regard for their patients and their families. Insurance have to do a better job of finding facilities that have a much higher success rate. Otherwise, our children will just be a statistic or part of a vicious cycle of one hospital after another.
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    I have been to both Silver Hill (Main I /inpatient and River House) and McLean (Proctor II) McLean is sort of like a full-on insane asylum which is scary. The food is revolting and I have no other words to describe the polyester bedding and peeling paint in the shower. Silver Hill on the other hand, is dignified, comfortable and I felt like I was supported by other like-minded patients. At Silver Hill, I felt more like a valued client than some random ill patient.
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    I've been at McLean inpatient about three times and did ECT there. I got the best care there out of any place I've ever been. It's clean, the staff is awesome, and there are good groups to attend. You make it what you want it to be. I did have a problem with one of the nurses and it was handled in a professional and immediate manner. Highly recommend it. Go on the walks!