“Marie’s Place,” Commonwealth Care Alliance’s new respite facility
June 3, 2015 § Leave a comment
On June 2, nearly 100 clinicians, behavioral health advocates, and policy leaders came together in Brighton, MA, to open “Marie’s Place,” a 14-bed crisis stabilization unit designed to support Commonwealth Care Alliance members with serious mental illness. Like our facility in Dorchester, which opened last fall, Marie’s Place is an innovative, cost effective alternative to psychiatric hospitalization for many CCA enrollees.
At the opening, a number of speakers praised CCA’s crisis stabilization program and expressed their hopes for the success of the new facility. Dan Tsai, Massachusetts’ Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services spoke at the opening, joining CCA’s CEO Robert Master, MD, CCA’s President Lois Simon, and many others.
Marie’s Place builds on the success of CCA’s first crisis stabilization, which opened last fall in Dorchester. At both sites, care is provided through an interdisciplinary clinical team of licensed social workers, nurses, caseworkers, psychiatrists, and primary care nurse practitioners. Cost for a day is substantially less than a day at a psychiatric hospital, and the services offered are more personal, continuous and “therapeutic.”