Navigating Your Care

Life is complicated. Navigating mental health care shouldn’t be. At McLean, we are with you every step of the way, ensuring patients and their families have an expert guiding them through every step of their treatment journey.

About Mental Health

Everything You Want to Know

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At McLean, we know that understanding your conditions is an important part of starting the path toward recovery. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of many mental illnesses.

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COVID-19 Information for Patients

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At McLean, we are dedicated to supporting our patients and their families through the coronavirus pandemic.

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Defining Commonly Used Terms

Levels of Care

McLean Hospital offers comprehensive mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with a range of psychiatric diagnoses and symptoms. Care is available at varying levels of intensity, from acute inpatient hospitalization to outpatient groups and individual therapy.


Used for crisis stabilization when there is risk of harm to self or others. 24-hour nursing supervision and care is provided in a secure setting.


For people who are stable but need intensive, around-the-clock care. Structured treatment is provided alongside comfortable accommodations.

Partial Hospital

Also known as day programs—best for patients who do not require hospitalization yet need more structure than is available in outpatient visits.


Patients attend appointments for therapy and medications, and may participate in group therapy.


McLean is home to two therapeutic schools for students who also struggle with mental health issues.


Auxiliary services can include imaging, internal medicine, diagnostic assessment, and more.