Adult Services

Program Philosophy

Westborough Behavioral Healthcare Hospital's adult inpatient services are equipped to address the mental health needs of diverse populations.

Our sub-specialty adult inpatient units are:

  • General adult – ages 18+

  • Mental Health with Co-occurring Substance Use Disorder Unit – age 18+

  • Women’s specialty unit – ages 18+ (anticipated in 2019)

  • Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – ages 18+ (anticipated in 2019)

The goal of the adult inpatient programs is to stabilize the patient so that she or he may function adequately in a less restrictive treatment setting. Treatment is focused on stabilizing acute symptoms and developing coping skills. Treatment involves several components: the routine and structure of the hospital environment, assessment, individual and group therapy, medication, education, meditation, and recreation. All services are rendered under the direction of the admitting physician and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the medical staff.

The routine and structure of the hospital are part of the treatment program. Staff members provide guidance and encouragement and help patients develop skills to improve functioning. The hospital is a safe place where the stressors and pressures of life outside of the hospital are minimized, providing the patient with an opportunity to focus on themselves and what led to their hospitalization.

The first formal part of the inpatient treatment is the assessment. A physical examination is a part of this initial assessment. The treatment given to each patient is determined by the individual needs of the patient identified in the assessment. Scheduled treatment includes: individual and family therapy (as prescribed or deemed necessary by staff), meditation and reflection, therapy groups, journaling, recreation therapy, and medication (when prescribed by the psychiatrist or physician). Patients are expected to participate fully in all aspects of the program. For patients with a secondary diagnosis of substance abuse, we offer a modified program for co-occurring substance use disorder treatment.

Families are encouraged to be involved in treatment by providing information about circumstances related to the hospitalization, by learning about the illness and its management, and by helping identify and change patterns of interaction within the family that may contribute to difficulties for the patient.

The primary goal of treatment at Westborough Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is crisis stabilization. We recognize that upon discharge there will likely be the need for continued treatment in an outpatient setting. Because the ultimate goal is long-term improvement, the staff at Westborough Behavioral Healthcare Hospital will develop and coordinate a comprehensive discharge plan in collaboration with the patient, and when indicated, the family and others. The discharge plan may include referrals to any number of outpatient services, including but not limited to: psychiatric appointments, individual therapy, day treatment, and support groups.

Program Description

Our program is designed to relieve emotional suffering by offering patients an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. The components of the program, in addition to the structure and routine of the hospital environment are outlined below:

Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy - The group process is focused on thought processes and interpretations (perceptions) of events that contribute to behavioral and emotional difficulties. Reflective discussions enable the patient to gain insight and a sense of control over defeating thoughts and behaviors.

Educational Groups – Psycho-educational group sessions are aimed at increasing coping, understanding, and knowledge through education.

Individual/ Family Therapy – Individual and family therapy are designed to increase coping, understanding, and communication, as well as facilitate healing and a sense of understanding through effective communication and emotional expression.

Reflection - Daily reflections and handouts are provided to set intentions for the day. The reflection is meant to provide encouragement and motivation for change.

Meditation - The meditation focuses on relaxation techniques using music and visualization. These are very important skills to learn as they can greatly reduce stress and anxiety and assists in re-creating a sense of wellness.

Journaling - Each patient receives the Patient Handbook and Journal upon admission to the program. The Handbook includes program information, therapeutic materials to be reviewed individually or within a group context, and journaling pages. The therapeutic materials and journaling not only encourage self-reflection and self-expression but can also serve as a record of your progress and success.

Care Coordination – Care Managers and Unit Therapists are available to assist with discharge planning to ensure continuity of care in the community. It is highly recommended that each patient take full advantage of the most intensive services available following their stay. Community resources and information are also provided, as needed, to meet individual needs.