Arbour-HRI Hospital recently opened The Commonwealth Center, adding outpatient services to its continuum of care.

Arbour-HRI Hospital received its license from the Department of Public Health in December and has begun seeing a limited number of patients on an outpa­tient basis.

The Commonwealth Center is located inside Arbour-HRI Hos­pital in Brookline and provides individual and group therapy to patients 18 and over.

“Our hope is that when people leave our more intensive services here, this will be another step-down option, providing continuity of care,” explained Dr. Scott Haas, Clinical Director at The Com­monwealth Center. “It’s exciting because it creates a continuum of treatment,” he said.

Initially The Commonwealth Center will operate Monday through Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Center is currently treating Arbour-HRI patients, but looking to the future, Dr. Haas said he hopes to accom­modate external referrals from the community, including area college students and others. This is especially true, as the program seeks to add a substance abuse license and related services to the current offerings in the near future.