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A clinical residential mental health treatment program near Boston, Massachusetts.

Comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and psychiatric rehabilitative services at McLean Hospital for adults ages 18 and older who have psychotic disorders or persistent psychiatric illness. Appleton is a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health licensed facility and is accredited by The Joint Commission.


McLean Hospital

115 Mill Street

Belmont, MA 02478

Contact: Kirsten Bolton, LICSW, Program Director

Phone: 617-855-4194

Fax: 617-855-3878

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  • Program type:  Clinical residential

  • Location:  McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA

  • Environment:  A renovated historic mansion on the McClean Hospital campus

  • Number of residents:  25

  • Gender:  All

  • Ages:  18+

Conditions treated include:

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Psychotic Disorders

Services include:

  • Case management services

  • Psychoeducation groups

  • Individual psychotherapy

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

  • Medication evaluation and management

  • Symptom management group

  • Nutritional support

  • Self-assessment

  • Fitness group

  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

  • AA, NA, and Smart Recovery

  • Community outings

  • Self-help groups

  • College Mental Health Program

A Twenty Year History of Treatment for Psychiatric Issues

For more than twenty years, McLean Hospital’s Appleton residential treatment program has provided comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitative care to men and women who have serious and persistent psychiatric diagnoses.

We offer personalized, compassionate care for adults with mental illness that enables them to understand, accept, and manage their psychiatric conditions. Our goal is to enable people struggling with psychiatric issues to restore their mental health and return to their communities to live as independently as possible.

Each resident of Appleton’s mental health treatment facility receives an individually tailored evaluation that may include:

  • Psychological testing

  • Neuropsychological testing

  • Neuromedical consultation

  • Dual-diagnosis assessment

Along with case managers, residents plan individual and group psychiatric treatment experiences using the resources of Appleton, McLean Hospital, and the surrounding community.

A Residential Treatment Community in a Renovated Historic Mansion

Appleton’s mental health treatment setting provides adults with mental illness a home-like space in a renovated historic mansion that includes:

  • Semi-private and private bedrooms

  • Spacious common living areas

  • Kitchen and dining room

  • Art room

  • Solarium

Just a few buildings away, our fitness center offers supervised training from a fitness instructor.

A Multidisciplinary, 5-Phase Approach to Psychiatric Care

Our multidisciplinary treatment team includes a psychiatrist, licensed independent clinical social workers, occupational therapist, nurses, and community residence counselors. We work with residents to progress through treatment at an individually suitable pace that typically occurs in five phases:

  • Understanding and stabilizing mental illness

  • Establishing a daily routine

  • Education and social interaction

  • Educational and vocational strategizing

  • Community reintegration

Returning to the Community as a Mental Health Goal

All of our work helps mentally ill adults achieve and solidify significant gains in coping with the symptoms of their mental illness and making the personal, social, educational, and vocational progress they need to transition back into their communities. When they leave our residential treatment facility, adults with mental illness are prepared for a lifetime of growth and development with support from community-based providers.