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Child & Adolescent
College Mental Health Program


The Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Treatment Unit (ADFTU). For Help and Information Call 617-855-2800.

Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Treatment Unit (ADFTU)

Treatment Approach

Welcome to the Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Treatment Unit

The Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Treatment Unit in Belmont, Mass., provides structured 24-hour psychiatric treatment in an unlocked setting for vulnerable adolescents, ages 13 to 19, with complex psychiatric and psychosocial issues who require clinically intensive care.

In this acute residential treatment setting, we foster a therapeutic community that encourages motivated adolescents to reflect on their problems and find new ways of managing their lives. We are here to understand and assist troubled teens, helping them establish effective and lasting ways to navigate the challenges they face within their families, schools, social relationships and communities.

The program offers a full range of services, including assessment and diagnosis, psychopharmacology, family therapy, specialty consultations (adoption, trauma, educational placement, developmental disorders, addiction) and outpatient treatment recommendations. It serves as an alternative to or step-down from an acute inpatient hospitalization.

We operate year-round, offering treatment during the summer and the school year.

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Information and Referral

For further information or to make a referral, contact Gale Norway or Colleen Zagwyn at 617.855.2800.

The McLean Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Treatment Unit can be reached directly at 617.855.2743.

About McLean Hospital

U.S. News & World Report named McLean America's #1 Hospital for Psychiatry in 2013 . McLean Hospital is the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of the Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare. For more information about McLean visit us on McLeanHospital or follow the hospital on Twitter@McLeanHospital.

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