Health Services

24 Wolcott Hill Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 692-6888
Fax: (860) 692-7646

Director: Dr. Kathleen Maurer

The Department of Correction provides comprehensive health care to the offender population that meets a community standard of care, and includes medical, mental health, dental, addiction and ancillary services, in compliance with applicable state and federal laws and consent decrees. This spectrum of health care is carried out through a partnership the Department has established with the services of the University of Connecticut, Correctional Managed Health Care.

Mental Health Treatment

Through this partnership, the agency has established a highly progressive approach to the treatment of inmates with significant mental health needs.  The Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown has been designated as the Department's dedicated mental health facility for adult male offenders requiring significant mental health treatment.  Both accused and sentenced offenders who are classified as requiring that level of care are assigned here.  Individualized treatment plans, based upon an offender's level of functionality include extensive programming and therapy, in a group and one on one setting.  The staff at the facility, both custody and mental health, operates through an integrated team approach which insures a continuity of custody, care, treatment and control. The program is designed to return as many of these offenders as is possible to the ability to function in either a general population prison setting or ultimately to life in the community. 

Description and details of contracted health and mental health services (PDF, 800 KB)

Health Services also established the Hospice and Palliative Care Program.