McLean SouthEast Increases Offerings in Response to Pandemic’s Toll
August 1, 2022
The toll of the pandemic on the physical well-being of Massachusetts residents is a topic of daily news and conversation. The expansion of McLean SouthEast with an additional 68-bed inpatient facility for children, adolescents, and adults demonstrates a response to the less well-publicized yet powerful impact of COVID-19 on behavioral health.
The new facility at Oak Street in Middleborough reflects “a need, within our system and across the state, for an increase in acute care psychiatric beds,” said Christine Tebaldi, PMHNP-BC, interim associate chief operating officer, who had a lead role in the expansion project.
“The location was a nice match for McLean since we already had our very vibrant and well-respected McLean SouthEast programs operating just about a mile away.”
McLean SouthEast at Isaac Street opened in 1999 and has continually expanded its services to meet the needs of the community.
Today it offers 34 inpatient adult beds, an adult partial hospital program, 22 adolescent residential beds, and an adolescent partial hospital program, plus other critical services like the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program.
Despite its growth, there continued to be more demand than available services, so in 2021, McLean developed a plan to open a second McLean SouthEast, located at nearby Oak Street.
The new facility at Oak Street offers a 22-bed depression and anxiety-focused unit for adults, a 24-bed adult unit focused on caring for those individuals with thought disorders or psychotic disorders, and a 22-bed unit for adolescents.
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