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.

Institute of LivingResearch and education are important elements of the Institute's mission. Institute of Living has training programs in psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing and rehabilitation. As a research center, Institute of Living conducts clinical trials of investigational new drugs and is a leader in outcome studies.

Community commitment is strong at Institute of Living. As a South End fixture for over 175 years, Institute of Living is proud to contribute to the stability and strength of its immediate neighborhood and the city beyond.

Fast Facts

SVP & Physician-in-Chief, HHC Behavioral Health Network: John Santopietro, MD
SVP  & HHC Behavioral Health Network: James O'Dea, PhD, MBA
Director of Clinical Operations: Annetta K. Caplinger, MSN., CS
Nurse Director/Psychiatry: Ellen Blair, APRN, NEA-BC
Inpatient admissions: 4,055
Inpatient days: 33,943
Outpatient visits: 18,028
Employees: 700+
Residents/Fellows: 45



  • In partnership with ValueOptions and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Institute of Living is one of three centralized hubs for the ACCESS-MH CT program, providing consultative psychiatry services to primary care physicians treating children and adolescents in Connecticut. Services based at the HHC BHN hub are available to pediatricians in 78 Connecticut towns.
  • Working with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) in an expanded partnership to offer mental health first aid (MHFA) and Youth Mental Health First Aide (YMHFA) training to educators and school personnel.
  • Godfrey Pearlson, MD, Founding Director of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at Institute of Living, named the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Stanley Dean Award for Research in Schizophrenia from the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Pearlson is being honored for his lifetime of research in this field, which the bestowing organization says constitutes a “major contribution to the understanding and treatment of schizophrenic disorders.”
  • David Tolin, Ph.D., director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Institute of Living, awarded a $2.9 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for the study "Neural Mechanisms of CBT Response in Hoarding Disorder."
  • The Hartford Hospital Black & Red gala raised over $1 million for Institute of Living programming.
  • Founded in 1822, Institute of Living was one of the first mental health centers in the United States, and the first hospital of any kind in Connecticut.
  • Numerous trees on the grounds of the Institute represent rare or unusually large species, many dating back to the 1860s, when the grounds of the Institute were designed by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.