McLean Center at Fernside

Psychiatric Hospital with Chemical Dependency Patients Housed Separately



Number of Beds: 8
Detox Available: No

Last Year’s Admissions:

Total Annual Admits: Data Not Supplied
Average Length of Stay 30 day minimum
Percent of Women DNS
Percent under age 25 DNS
Percent with College Education: DNS
Percent Covered by Public assistance 0%
Receiving some form of psychiatric medication other than for detoxification: 97%

Admissions Procedures:

Night Admission Available: No
Weekend Admission available: No
Face to Face Interview or exam required before admission: Phone Assessment



Facility has group sessions for:

  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Cocaine Addiction
  • Depression
  • Heroin Addiction
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Psychiatric (Dual Diagnosis)
  • Relapse



Self-pay Cost: $12,250 per week
Public Assistance coverage may be accepted: No
Medicare Coverage accepted: No
Insurance Coverage verified before admission: No
Follow-up Care included at no additional charge: No



Licensed by: MA Dept. of Mental Health & Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
Type of License: Residential
Accredited by: Joint Commission-Behavioral Standards


Self Description:

“Fernside is a minimum 30-day residential dual diagnosis program.”

Treatment Philosophy:

“Fernside helps individuals achieve and maintain abstinence, reclaim a sense of self-worth and manage the stresses of active living without returning to substance dependence.”

Approach To Dual Diagnosis:

“Fernside provides concurrent treatment for substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders.”

Family Program:

“Fernside provides crucial recovery support and education to family members and significant others.”

Position On 12 Step Involvement:

“Fernside’s daily schedule is not based on the common 12 Step program ideas; however, Fernside on the evening and weekends does take clients into the community to learn what these programs have to offer in regard to support.”

Position On Confrontation:

“Fernside utilizes the approach of Motivational Interviewing, a non-confrontational method.”

Additional Characteristics:

“The program is highly individualized due to the maximum of 8 clients at a time, which allows for 3-4 sessions with their case manager and 5 day a week access to the psychiatrist.”

Contact Information:
Admissions Telephone Number: (866) 932-5985
General Information: (866) 932-5985
Address: P.O. Box 1070
Princeton, MA 01541