McLean Hospital, a member of Mass General Brigham, has received a $1 million gift from Karen and Rob Hale through their family foundation, Fox Rock Foundation.
This substantial gift will support McLean’s plans to enhance and centralize its environments for children and adolescents, in particular, its specialized residential and educational services for individuals ages 6 to 22 years old.
The United States is facing a growing mental health crisis among children and adolescents in which one out of every five youths has a mental health disorder, many of whom go undiagnosed. Half of all mental illness presents by age 14 and 75% by 24 years of age.
Without proper diagnosis and treatment, these children and adolescents face academic challenges as well as social and behavioral problems that can carry through adulthood.
“Early intervention and treatment are critical to ensuring that youth facing mental health conditions receive the support and tools they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives,” said the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Chair of Psychiatry and the President and Psychiatrist in Chief for McLean Hospital Scott L. Rauch, MD.
“I am deeply grateful that the Hale Family has chosen to directly respond to the crucial needs of young people through this generous gift to McLean. Their contribution will make a tremendous and long-lasting impact on our patients, their families and all those we serve.”
Recognizing the unique needs of young people and the importance of early intervention with evidence-based treatments, McLean has invested heavily in expanding services for children, adolescents, and their families over the past two decades. Now, the hospital envisions creating a state-of-the-art new center for several of its residential and partial hospital programs, in addition to its two specialized schools.
“We currently have multiple locations throughout the greater Boston area where our youth programs are located,” said Rauch. “We want to bring those programs together in a way that will benefit students, patients, and their families, giving them access to all of McLean’s expertise and services in a more centralized fashion.”
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