Bournewood Hospital

Name of Hospital: Bournewood Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Number of Stars: 2.5

Comment: Most of the day was spent in group therapy. Outside area was unkempt and littered with wood splinters and other dangerous objects, patients weren’t required to wear shoes. Open fridge was good, great meals with many options for vegan/vegetarian kids. For some reason they let me drink 50 cartons of milk, might be a problem for patients with ED’s.

Clinician/ social worker meetups were minimal, clinician was sarcastic and only frustrated and confused me. Staff failed to prevent meltdown by refusing to leave the boy alone to cool down. Mentally ill patients were grouped together with drug addicts.* Staff used excessive force when restraining two people. Left restrained boy in room covered in own vomit and urine, begging for someone to change his sheets. Only did so after we threatened to sue. Group therapy was nice, but cleanliness was kinda bad. Bathrooms were dirty and full of hair, bedrooms had things scrawled on the wall, ceiling covered in gum and drawings of penises. Staff provided proper medication.

Patients were allowed packaged candy and goods brought from visitors. Phone calls were limited and a privilege. I did get out rather quickly, but it was an unpleasant experience. Only reason I give 2.5 stars is because I was helped sufficiently. Avoid if possible; it’s not the worst place, but it is sufficient.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Transgender (ftm), Gay

*Mod Note: We felt that it was important to highlight the wrongs at this hospital, despite the tone toward people with substance abuse issues. There should not be a tone of othering toward people with substance abuse issues, even if their needs are different than those who have MH needs without substance abuse issues. Please contact us with your thoughts, if you have any, on this issue. 

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