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Transitional Living Center

Transitional Living Center enables patients to feel at home

It's six o'clock in the evening at McLean's Transitional Living Center (TLC). One resident is cooking dinner, one is setting the table and two others are just walking in the door. They all have different reasons for being there; yet, their goals are very similar: working toward independent living.

The TLC, a program for adults with mood, anxiety and personality disorders who are involved in active treatment, is one of a number of residential treatment programs offered by McLean. Its moderately structured environment provides individuals the guidance they need, while at the same time, allowing them opportunities to take on more responsibility.

"It's a place where people can regain their health, resume their daily lives and participate in their treatments," says Program Director Robin Weiss, RN.

At the TLC, Marisol, a former resident, made great strides in her recovery. She came to McLean from her homeland of Portugal. She spent three weeks at The Pavilion at McLean, where clinicians helped her cope with suicidal thoughts, post-traumatic stress disorder and stranger anxiety, before transferring to the TLC. Living there in the home-like environment enabled Marisol to return to college full-time while receiving outpatient treatment at McLean.

"It's almost like a family at the center," she says. "The support is great-people checking on you, but not fussing over you, having dinner together, sharing chores. It's all very helpful."

The Transitional Living Center, made possible by more than $230,000 in donor gifts, is the newest addition to McLean's residential programs, which treat a wide range of psychiatric illnesses, from obsessive compulsive disorders to child abuse and trauma.

The Transitional Living Center

The Transitional Living Center offers residents, like Ken Graff, a supportive home-like setting in which to interact with other clients and staff, including Andrea Marchant, a community residence counselor.

The Transitional Living Center is located in two buildings on McLean's 240-acre campus: the Mill Street Lodge, a two-story brick cottage with room for four residents, and Waverley House, a stately white Victorian that comfortably houses eight.

 Mark Robart

Mark Robart, LICSW
Director of Residential Treatment Services

"Residential programs, such as the TLC, are valuable because they offer a supportive setting to help stabilize individuals so they can advance to less restrictive levels of care."

"Residential programs, such as the TLC, are very valuable treatment models because they offer a supportive setting in which to help stabilize individuals so they can advance to less restrictive levels of care," says Mark Robart, LICSW, director of residential treatment services.

When Tom first arrived at the TLC for treatment of a personality disorder, he spent most of his time isolated in his room. Before long, however, he was volunteering on campus and organizing outings for other residents.

"While some people may be more reluctant to get out and do things, others may have more energy and motivate the rest of the group," says Robart.

"This is a wonderful program. I feel very comfortable here," says Tom. "The staff gives me the tools I need to get well, and then it is up to me to make use of those tools. Nobody forces me to do anything; instead, they encourage me."

Residents can't say enough about the TLC and family members are just as thankful, including Marisol's mother.

"I'm really proud of her because now she has her future in front of her. She can be happy."

'I got my life back'

When Peter, a 55-year-old company president, entered The Pavilion, he was severely depressed and considering suicide. Complications from surgery had robbed him of short-term memory, leaving him unable to work.

Following two weeks of intensive evaluation and treatment at The Pavilion, he began to feel like himself again. "I owe my mental health to the clinicians at The Pavilion. I absolutely believe you get the finest possible care."

The positive results underscore the success of this innovative, eight-bed program, which opened in 1999. Geared toward patients who can afford special services, The Pavilion offers an unparalleled level of psychiatric assessment, consultation and treatment in a comfortable environment that includes numerous amenities, such as personal bedrooms and baths, specially prepared meals and access to the best health clubs in Boston.

With state-of-the-art care by top clinicians, The Pavilion provides each patient with a wide array of individualized psychiatric, neurologic, pharmacologic and general medical services.

Now back at work, Peter, a father of four, says the program exceeded his expectations. "Nothing else matters if you are depressed. The Pavilion gave me my life back."