Institute of Living

Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living (IOL) offers the full continuum of care across the spectrum of behavioral health services, with a strong commitment to patient care across the lifespan.

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Institute of LivingIOL’s many highly specialized programs along with its dedicated, experienced, and skilled clinicians provide patients and their families with the highest quality of personalized care for both mental health and substance use recovery services. The IOL is affiliated with Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network.

In addition to direct clinical services to patients, the IOL supports and augments its clinical excellence through research at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center; the Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); The Braceland Center for Memory and Aging; and The Burlingame Center for Psychiatric Research and Education.

The IOL is a leader in advocacy and support for patients, their families, and the community at large, with services through its Family Resource Center and ACCESS Mental Health CT, as well as educational efforts, including client and family support and education events, Stop the Stigma CT, and the National Dialogue on Mental Health.

The IOL serves as a training hub for future behavioral health professionals, with medical residency programs in general adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Internship and postdoctoral programs are also available in the fields of psychology, social work, nursing, and rehabilitation.

FY17 Fast Facts

Transitions from inpatient care: 3,785
PHP/IOP Days: 37,864
Outpatient visits (PHP/IOP/OP): 7,514
Employees: 656


FY17 Accomplishments

    • The Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living (IOL) continued national research studies, including a study of the effects of smoking marijuana on the brain and on a person’s ability to drive a car, research into the roles of genomics and biomarkers in those suffering from mental illnesses, and other research into Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

    • Launched first Behavioral Health Network Clinical Council to focus on the Zero Suicide initiative, which started at the Institute of Living and is being rolled out across the network. The national program includes best practices and tools for health systems.

    • Because people with chronic health problems tend to have behavioral health conditions, the network expanded its Primary Care Behavioral Health initiative across Hartford HealthCare, with behavioral health professionals embedded into primary care practices. More than 80 percent of patients are keeping their follow-up behavioral health appointments and emergency room visits and inpatient stays are down.




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