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.

Fast Facts (FY 2017)

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


Accomplishments (2016): 

  • IOL Psychiatrist-In-Chief Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz, MD and IOL clinician Jeanne Kessler were recognized as Healthcare Heroes at the 2016 Connecticut Health Association annual meeting for their work on behalf of patients. Dr. Schwartz also served Insurance Commissioner's Task Force on Mental Health Parity. 
  • Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Program introduced a program to provide early intervention services for 13- to 18-year-olds with psychotic spectrum disorders.
  • Established the Peripartum Mood Disorder Program with a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Program implemented thanks to collaboration among IOL, Women’s Health at Hartford Hospital and OB/GYNs in the community.
  • Researchers at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living were awarded a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the effects of smoking marijuana on the brain and the driving risk. In the 15 years since the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center opened, IOL researchers have generated almost $79 million in research funding.
  • IOL established the IDEA team — staff members serving as consultants and responding to all escalating behavioral incidents. Through the IDEA team and other measure, the IOL reduced its restraints rate by a remarkable 70 percent.
  • Took a lead role in adopting and implementing the Zero Suicide initiative, which sets an organizational goal in which no suicides take place over the course of the year. The initiative seeks to prevent suicides by closing gaps in patient care and increasing follow up communication with patients.
  • David Tolin, MD, served on the Connecticut Task force to study hoarding.


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