ABOUT LEMUEL SHATTUCK HOSPITAL
Located in Jamaica Plain, Mass., a suburb of Boston, the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital is a fully-accredited teaching facility that provides comprehensive, intensive residential substance abuse programming for adult clients living with HIV/AIDS as well as opiate-addicted IV drug users. In addition, the hospital operates a state-licensed educational program, the Shattuck Child Care Center, for 39 children.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Lemuel Shattuck Hospital runs two separate programs to address individuals struggling with substance abuse. Designed to treat men and women with HIV/AIDS, the Living and Recovering Community (LARC) provides mental health and substance abuse services, as well as transitional housing and education on HIV/AIDS. Treatment within this intensive program typically last 30 to 90 days.
The second program, the Community Substance Abuse Center (CSAC), provides “clinically appropriate, high quality, methadone treatment for opiate-addicted injection drug users, giving them a chance to begin and continue a successful recovery.”
Finally, the Shattuck Child Care Center offers children aged between 15 months and six years old a variety of group-oriented activities through academic, scientific, artistic, and humanistic lenses.
Per Lemuel’s webpage, the Shattuck Child Care Center is run by “two directors and six full-time EEC qualified lead teachers.” The two alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com rated the staff’s level of training one and five out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Lemuel’s website currently provides no information regarding th e living arrangements and related offerings of its 255-bed facility. Two alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com rated the facility’s cleanliness three and five out of five stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
A pair of anonymous alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com to date found treatment at Lemuel helpful. One alum rated the hospital a perfect five stars in every category except for cleanliness, while the other alum also rated the hospital a perfect five stars in every category except for accommodations and amenities and the staff’s level of training. While one claimed that the hospital helped them overcome “all of my stress and most of my depression,” the other quipped, “It beats rotting away in jail any day.”
On third-party sites, however, reactions were polarized. 19 reviewers to date rated the hospital an average 2.5 out of five stars, with seven positive reviews and 12 negative ones. Alumni were mostly split on the quality of treatment from staff, yet most agreed accommodations were poor. Alum Kyle wrote: “Staff and doctors are very good. Facilities are gross. Would never use the bathroom.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Reviews from staff on third-party sites were more favorable than alumni. On Indeed, 19 current and former employees to date rated Lemuel an average 4.1 out of five stars, with 14 positive reviews, four mixed ones, and one negative. Most employees credited the productive and friendly atmosphere. A registered nurse wrote: “Lemuel Shattuck Hospital is a very diverse place to work.the ratio with patient to nurse is high.”
Lemuel accepts MassHealth, Massachusetts’ combined Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) programs.