Freedom Trail Clinic

For more than 30 years, the Freedom Trail Clinic, located in the Eric Lindemann Mental Health Center, has provided clinical services to chronically mentally ill individuals, the majority of whom have schizophrenia

Overview

For more than 30 years, the Freedom Trail Clinic has provided clinical services to chronically mentally ill individuals, the majority of whom have schizophrenia. It is located within the Eric Lindemann Mental Health Center, a Department of Mental Health (DMH) facility housing a variety of clinical and administrative service.

At the Freedom Trail Clinic, we strive to improve long-term health and quality of life for patients with schizophrenia and severe mental illness through a multidisciplinary approach that stresses collaboration with community agencies. Patients receive care from Massachusetts General Hospital and North Suffolk Mental Health Association clinicians. This partnership has served as a laboratory for bringing innovative, research-based specialty treatment to this patient population and as a training center for psychiatrists, psychologists and nurses to become experts in the treatment of schizophrenia.

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Our Staff

The Freedom Trail Clinic is staffed by specialized doctors, nurse practitioners and social workers.

Our Services

The Freedom Trail Clinic offers comprehensive services for patients with schizophrenia and severe mental illness, including:

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Note: Patients recently diagnosed with or in the early stages of schizophrenia or related psychotic illnesses should contact the First-episode and Early Psychosis Program for care.

Our Staff

  • Brent, Benjamin K., MD

    617-724-5600

    Not Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry Department
  • Freudenreich, Oliver, MD

    617-912-7800

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • First episode psychosis
    • Psychosomatic Aspects of Infectious Diseases
    • Schizophrenia
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Psychosomatic Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Freedom Trail Clinic
    • Boston: Infectious Disease Associates
    • Boston: Psychiatry Associates-Inpatient Consult
  • Holt, Daphne J., MD, PhD

    617-726-7618

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry-Outpatient Services
    • Boston: Psychiatry

Sarah MacLaurin, PMHNP
Benjamin Macri, PMHNP
Caitlin Mulligan, PMHNP
Deborah Robbins, LICSW
Emily Lynch, LICSW
Deidre Cummins, LCSW
Kerry Power, LCSW

Our Services

The Freedom Trail Clinic offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and ongoing treatment for patients with schizophrenia and severe mental illness.

Clozapine Clinic

Clozapine is an a typical antipsychotic medication used to treat patients with schizophrenia who have not responded well to other antipsychotic treatments. The Clozapine Clinic at the Freedom Trail Clinic cares for over 175 patients on clozapine for their psychiatric symptoms. The federal government requires regular blood monitoring of clozapine patients because of a rare side effect of the medication, agranulocytosis (a decrease in the white blood cell count). Patients come to the clozapine clinic on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis to have their blood drawn and see their psychiatrist and social worker.


Illness Management & Recovery Program

Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is a step-by-step program in which practitioners use motivational, educational and cognitive behavioral techniques to help patients. In IMR, patients set and pursue personal recovery goals and learn about the optimal management of schizophrenia while developing self-management skills. Patients are also given the opportunity to practice their skills in during IMR sessions. The program includes educational handouts, and home assignments are given on an individual basis. Significant others may also be involved with IMR with the permission of the patient.

IMR is designed to increase patients' general knowledge regarding:

  • Mental illness
  • Mental illness treatments
  • Self-advocacy
  • Substance abuse
  • Coping skills

IMR also teaches patients how to cope with distressing, persistent symptoms while working toward their recovery goals.

Currently, IMR groups consisting of 5-8 people meet weekly at the Freedom Trail Clinic for 90 minute sessions. IMR groups are scheduled during an existing Clozapine Clinic time to facilitate attendance.


Coordinated Health and Medical Prevention Service (CHAMPS)

The Coordinated Health and Medical Prevention Service (CHAMPS) serves to integrate and coordinate the medical care for patients with schizophrenia. The program emphasizes prevention via appropriate medical monitoring and screening. CHAMPS also serves as a platform for better longitudinal integration between young, first-episode patients treated at Mass General and multi-episode patients treated at the Freedom Trail Clinic. CHAMPS takes an integrated approach to care that includes:

  • Coordinated – communication between psychiatric and primary providers
  • Health – promotion of good nutrition, exercise and self care
  • And – removing the separation between mental and physical health
  • Medical – evaluation, diagnosis, planning and treatment
  • Prevention – decrease incidence of metabolic syndrome (and other illness states)
  • Service – provision and/or referral to appropriate, optimal treatments

Contact

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Contact The Freedom Trail Clinic

Eric Lindemann Mental Health Center

25 Staniford Street, 2nd floor Boston, 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-912-7800

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