Connecticut Valley Hospital - Addiction Services Division, Blue Hills Campus (Hartford)

Blue Hills Campus
Sean Keane, Assistant Division Director 
Char Coombs, MSN Director of Nursing
Carlotta Creevey, Program Manager 
Michael Boutin, Unit Director Rehab
Lenora Thomas-Morton, Unit Director, Acute/Admissions 
For Admission Information Call: 860-293-6400
To provide services to individuals requiring an inpatient level of care as a consequence of their dependence on alcohol or other drugs; safely restore people with acute alcohol or other drug dependency to an appropriate level of physical and mental health in a caring, therapeutic environment; provide clients with an optimal range and intensity of rehabilitative services that will empower them to successfully cope with the next phase of their recovery efforts; and assist clients in making connections with a community resource network that will support their recovery, medical and psychiatric needs following discharge. Services in this treatment environment emphasize respect, dignity and compassion for patients. This environment also promotes self-worth, a sense of personal efficacy and a view that recovery involves personal responsibility. All clients are protected by Federal and State confidentiality regulations.
Blue Hills provides services to walk-ins and to referrals from family members, hospital ERs and inpatient units, area substance abuse and mental health clinics, community agencies, case managers, courts, probation, and other sources. Our Admissions Office, staffed by nurses and physicians 24/7, conducts an initial screening to determine the most appropriate level of care and treatment. Triage may be to our Acute or Rehabilitation unit, or to our Middletown campus or to a different facility if we do not provide or have bed availability of the required care. Blue Hills provides thorough assessments and individualized treatment planning through a comprehensive team of caring professionals in a welcoming and safe setting. Our goal is to stabilize, build coping skills and help clients move into the recovery zone.
We serve adult men and women 18 years of age or older with moderate to severe levels of alcohol and/or other drug dependency. Priority is given to those individuals who do not have insurance, or who have public insurance. Individuals who meet the client placement CT-ASAM criteria for inpatient level of care. The person has medical necessity criteria requiring an Inpatient Medically-Managed Detox (Acute) or Intensive Rehab level of care. The person may be mandated by a 5-day Physician’s Emergency Certificate (PEC), by Probation, or the Probate Court.

Special populations served include individuals who are:  

  • pregnant women
  • HIV-positive
  • Deaf or hard of hearing, and
  • Individuals with co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
Detoxification Program
  • 24-hr  medical  management of withdrawal  symptoms (methadone protocol available for opioid detox)
  • comprehensive psychiatric, medical, and  psycho-social assessment
  • treatment of acute medical/psychiatric problems (including outside referrals, as necessary)
  • education groups on addiction/recovery
  • development of a comprehensive aftercare/discharge plan that is supportive of the next stage of recovery
Rehabilitation Program - Treatment services include a broad range of intensive clinical services:
  • psychiatric care
  • medical care
  • group counseling
  • individual counseling
  • family counseling
  • milieu therapy
Specialty groups and services include:
  • addiction/acceptance
  • relapse prevention
  • leisure skills/recreation/fitness
  • women’s/men’s groups
  • dialectical behavior therapy skills
  • contingency management for transition issues
  • nutrition group
  • trauma-informed care
  • dual diagnostic capability in addiction treatment (DDCAT)
  • vocational planning
Adjunct services include:
  • psycho-educational groups addressing substance abuse and recovery topics
  • health education relevant to addiction/recovery
  • 12-step recovery meetings
  • HIV education/counseling/testing
  • recreation/fitness groups
  • spiritual and chaplaincy services
  • family/friends support & education
  • clients on methadone maintenance