The Institute of Living offers the support and structure of residential treatment for adults with mental illness who do not need hospitalization. Our services are designed to provide adults with the psychiatric help they need to improve their mental health and move back into the community.
A Leader in Care for Psychiatric Illness
The Institute of Living was one of the first psychiatric rehabilitation facilities in the United States. It was founded in 1822 and is located on a wooded 35-acre campus landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead.
The Institute is one of America’s leading not-for-profit centers for comprehensive mental health care, research, and education in the fields of psychiatric, behavioral, and addiction disorders. Situated within the city of Hartford, The Institute is a division of Hartford Hospital. It was recognized as a Best Regional Hospital, Psychiatry, in the U.S. News & World Report Survey of American Hospitals, 2014-15
Our Residential Treatment Facility
Eli’s Retreat is a 13 bed group residential facility for clients who need short term help coping with a worsening of their mental illness or who need long term support and assistance to restore their mental health.
Short and Long-Term Mental Health Care
The Institute of Living’s residential mental health treatment programs provide short and long-term mental health services for adults with psychiatric conditions including schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Institute’s mental health programs and resources provide support and structure for patients who need psychiatric help to transition back into the community.
Our residential treatment programs can help adults with mental illness to transition from inpatient hospitalization to a more independent living situation, or they can function as an alternative to inpatient mental health care. Our programs serve a broad spectrum of patients, with their ages and severity of illness differing widely. The Institute represents a cost-efficient and clinically effective alternative to hospitalization that can lead to new possibilities for mental health treatment and recovery.
Individualized Support and Community Activities
At Eli’s Retreat and the Todd House, our trained mental health staff provide social and life skills training, supportive counseling, and case management. Our staff works closely with clinicians in nearby partial hospital programs and with hospital and community therapists.
At the Institute, mental health care is personalized. Our staff carefully assesses patients’ needs and strengths to determine the course of treatment and degree of support and autonomy. Some clients leave the grounds of the facility only in the company of staff. Others travel by themselves for local errands only. And others may use the public transportation system, or even their own vehicles, to attend school, work, and leisure activities.
The Institute is located a little over one mile from downtown Hartford, offering easy bus access into the community. The program has its own van and routinely takes clients out for social and recreational activities, shopping, and errands. We encourage our patients to take advantage of the social and cultural opportunities Hartford offers.