About Us

Our Mission

To provide superior behavioral healthcare services that: clients recommend to families and friends, physicians prefer for their clients, purchasers select for their clients, and employees are proud of.

Our Treatment Philosophy

Stonington Institute’s treatment program draws from medical, psychological and traditional self-help approaches in addiction treatment. The Institute also recognizes the overwhelming importance of the client’s motivation to achieve and maintain sobriety. Through education, professional intervention and effective social rehabilitation, it is our belief that everyone can achieve recovery.

The Institute provides a multi-disciplinary intervention involving individualized treatment plans. However, individualization is anchored in some strongly held basic tenets:

  1. Recovery lies in the abstinence, not in controlled used.
  2. The treatment process is a collaborative, rather than a dependent relationship, which is directed by the professional toward increasing the client’s independence, responsibility and self-control.
  3. Self-help groups are of enormous importance in establishing and maintaining social supports to sobriety.
  4. It is important to integrate the client’s family and other social supports in the treatment process.
  5. Collaboration with managed care professionals and community resources in the client’s home area facilities a smooth transition to step down care and increased likelihood of sustained recovery.
  6. Quality and integrity are critical aspects of an effective treatment program.

Our Goals for Treatment

The Institute endorses the following treatment goals:

  • To restore the client to a healthier stage of functioning
  • To diminish symptoms
  • To educate the client and family regarding their illness and treatment resources
  • To help the client become a productive citizen of the community

Clinicians use the most appropriate treatment for a given client in the most effective and individualized manner while addressing the client’s bio-psychosocial and educational needs to obtain optimal results. A variety of treatment modalities are utilized. Modalities emphasized are milieu treatment, individual therapy, group therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Participation of the family is strongly encouraged when not contraindicated. Pharmacotherapy is employed when clinically indicated.

The interdisciplinary team of professionals works together to coordinate structured treatment programs that are designed to address the specific needs of each client. Team members work directly with family members, courts, social service agencies, schools, employers, clergy, recovery groups, outpatient therapists, primary care physicians, health maintenance organizations and insurance companies to assist each client’s re-entry into the most positive and supportive environment possible at the time of discharge.

Policies and treatment programs are developed to serve the needs of the client and to assist the professional staff in fulfilling their obligation toward the provision of client care in the most competent and responsible manner.


Nondiscrimination Policy

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, Stonington Institute does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Stonington Institute directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Stonington Institute arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84, and 91.

In case of questions, please contact:
Contact Person/Section 504 Coordinator: Donna Mcleod, Director of Risk Management
Telephone number: 860-445-3695
TDD or State Relay number:71


Section 504 Notice of Program Accessibility

Stonington Institute and all of its programs and activities are accessible to and useable by disabled persons, including persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or blind, or who have other sensory impairments. Access features include:

  • Off-street parking reserved for patients and visitors
  • Curb cuts and ramps between parking areas and buildings.
  • Level access into first floor level with elevator access to all other floors.
  • Fully accessible offices, meeting rooms, bathrooms, public waiting areas, cafeteria, patient treatment areas, including examining rooms and patient rooms.
  • Assistive and communication aids provided to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or blind, or with other sensory impairments. There is no additional charge for such aids. Some of these aids include:
    • Qualified sign language interpreters for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.
    • A twenty-four hour (24) telecommunication device (TTY/TDD) which can connect the caller to all extensions within the facility and/or portable (TTY/TDD) units, for use by persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired.
    • Readers and taped material for the blind and large print materials for the visually impaired.
    • Flash cards, alphabet boards and other communication boards.
    • Assistive devices for persons with impaired manual skills.

If you require any of the aids listed above, please let a nurse or clinician know.