Connecticut Valley Hospital Overview
Vision Statement: Inspiring Recovery through collaborative, compassionate, and culturally competent care and treatment.
Mission Statement: At Connecticut Valley Hospital, individuals receive services that assist them to better manage their illnesses, achieve personal goals, and develop skills and supports that lead to living the most constructive and satisfying lives possible.
CVH opened in 1868 as the State’s public hospital for the treatment of persons with mental illness. Throughout its history, it has experienced the multitude of medical, social and political changes affecting such facilities. In 1995, the Governor and General Assembly through a State-wide restructuring of services for persons with psychological and addiction disabilities called for a renewed commitment to specialized treatment at CVH by expanding community options for patients and staff while closing two other hospitals and consolidating inpatient services here. In fact, the Hospital is the amalgamation of four formerly freestanding psychiatric hospitals and four freestanding substance abuse treatment facilities.
Beginning in July of 1995, this new organization has seen expansion of services, staff and environments. With twenty-four patient units organized within three separate treatment divisions, the Hospital has developed the capacity to interface with community programs in order to provide, not a single but several, continua of care reflecting the special and ongoing needs of the individuals referred for treatment.
The Mission of CVH has been redefined as the state’s principle forensic, general psychiatric and addictions inpatient treatment facility. By merging the former Whiting Forensic Institute and Dutcher Addictions Treatment Facility and subsequently consolidating the closed Fairfield Hills and Norwich Hospitals, CVH today offers these services through specialty programs operating within three treatment divisions. Each Division has been allocated the clinical, administrative and support resources to serve the needs of patients admitted. These include appropriate assessment, treatment planning, service delivery, therapeutic environment, utilization management, discharge planning and outcome evaluation to assure for one level of quality care hospital-wide.
All of the services provided by CVH are designed with the concept of recovery as their operational framework. Recovery is a process of restoring or developing a positive and meaningful sense of identity apart from one’s condition and then rebuilding one’s life despite, or within the limitations imposed by that condition. Recovery is an individualized patient-centered approach.
One of the major tenets of recovery, which differs from rehabilitation is that people are responsible for their own lives and therefore can become responsible agents in their own recovery. Patients have a real chance at reclaiming full and productive lives if they are given access to treatments, services, and programs vital to recovery.
These services have been designed based on determination of patient need, in accordance with the Mission of its Governing Board, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and in collaboration with community providers, families, advocates, consumer groups and other customers of services. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is also the Chair of the Governing Body of the Hospital and is appointed by the Commissioner of the DMHAS according to Connecticut General Statutes. Operational reporting to the Department is through the Director of Community Services and Hospitals within the Office of the Commissioner.
Almost all of the programs offered today have a statewide constituency and most patients are admitted upon referral and evaluation for admission.