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.

Visit the Institute of Living

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.

FY18 Fast Facts

Transitions from inpatient care: 3,268
PHP/IOP Days: 38,802
Outpatient visits (PHP/IOP/OP): 10.182
Employees: 673


FY18 Accomplishments

  • John Santopietro, MD, DFAPA, was named Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network’s first Physician-in-Chief and will also serve as Senior Vice President for Hartford HealthCare.

  • The Zero Suicide initiative, a program to decrease the number of suicides within and outside healthcare facilities, was launched across the Behavioral Health Network.

  • The Institute of Living Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program received the Program of the Year Award from the Association of Ambulatory Behavioral Health. This award is given annually to programs that demonstrate outstanding advocacy, innovation and patient outcomes.

  • The Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center continued a wide range of research, including the impact of marijuana on driving, how pot impacts the brain and pupillometry, which measures pupil diameter to predict some mental health disorders