Inpatient Programs

Bournewood's inpatient programs are an appropriate choice for people needing a highly structured hospital setting where they can focus on addressing mental health and chemical dependency conditions and their recovery. Our inpatient system includes separate units for individuals needing more intensive treatment, as well as treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions.


Adults who come to Bournewood receive individualized treatment and care from a highly trained and compassionate clinical and specialty staff. The inpatient program includes group therapy settings designed to provide opportunities for valuable therapeutic interactions with peers faced with similar conditions. Family members are involved in the treatment process as we strive to maintain a person's natural supports, which is crucial to recovery.


A unique feature of Bournewood's service is the presence of a psychiatric physician on campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year available for round-the-clock triage, assessment and admissions.

Our Newest Intensive Treatment Unit

Bournewood Hospital's new adult 12-bed dual diagnosis inpatient unit in Brookline is open and accepting patients. Called Dodge 1, it gives expanded access to intensive dual diagnosis treatment. It is a unique, bright and light-filled space. Trauma-informed treatment is the foundation of all our services and programs. 


Trauma Informed Care and the Prevention of Restraint and Seclusion

Bournewood Health Systems is committed to a trauma-informed and person centered treatment philosophy in which we strive to mitigate conflict in the treatment milieu for the safety of patients, families and staff. 


We are dedicated to providing the kind of support necessary to enable each person to meet their wellness and recovery goals. The leadership and staff understand that many of the people served by the hospital have had experiences of trauma during their lifetime – trauma which often leaves lasting emotional hardship.  It is our intention to prevent the use of any potentially re-traumatizing practices, especially the use of restraint and/or seclusion and to make the hospital as emotionally and physically safe as possible.  For this reason we are determined to provide a range of tools and alternatives to assist patients in managing their behavior and emotions and avoid the need for external physical control.


We are proud of our well trained staff that collaborate, provide choice and are excellent at de-escalation. We are also proud of our highly skilled rehabilitation department who enable us to provide an array of sensory strategies and who have taught the Bournewood community about the importance of sensory interventions and how to best use them to help our clients decrease stress, anxiety and agitation and integrate techniques for self- regulation and self-control.

As part of our practice we provide trauma-informed care from the beginning of hospitalization in the form of a Personal Safety Plan. This includes asking people on admission about triggers that might cause them to become upset; warning signs that are often physical signs of impending distress; and strategies to help the person identify coping skills and avoid escalation to the point of crisis. It is our intention to provide the earliest interventions possible tailored to each unique individual. Having this information from the time of admission will help us meet this goal.

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