Lowell Treatment Center officially opened its 15-bed adult acute psychiatric unit at Solomon Mental Health Center Monday, July 11, 2011. The unit began ramping up admissions throughout the month of July and is now fully open to accept patients.
This unit houses the only adult inpatient beds in the city of Lowell. “Every day there is a strong demand for adult inpatient beds in the system, especially in the Lowell area,” said Gregory Brownstein, CEO at Westwood Lodge/Lowell Treatment Center. “This project has had longstanding support of the region’s Emergency Departments, Emergency Service Programs, area legislators, NAMI Lowell and behavioral health clinicians.”
The 5,500-square-foot adult facility includes an open nurse’s station, sensory room and an on-unit dining room.
The unit is also the first Arbour Health System non-smoking adult unit. Lowell Treatment Center is located in a leased space in a building owned by the Department of Mental Health. As a state-owned building, there is no smoking allowed on the premises. Patients will be unable to smoke, but doctors are prepared to offer replacements such as nicotine patches and other smoking cessation tools.