Programs & Services
When people in Eastern Connecticut need help with behavioral health –
whether for psychiatric illness or chemical dependency – they turn to Natchaug
Natchaug's Network of Care
Natchaug Hospital provides a full range of psychiatric and
substance-abuse treatment for children, adolescents and adults at our 57-bed
Mansfield Center inpatient facility. The highly qualified, experienced and dedicated
professional staff of Natchaug Hospital provides expert care in a supportive,
therapeutic setting – helping people regain their stability and return as soon
as possible to their own homes.
In 2004 Natchaug Hospital opened a 13-bed transitional living community on
its Mansfield Center campus to provide intensive, comprehensive mental health
treatment and special education for adolescent girls.
Day and Evening Treatment Programs
When people need intensive, comprehensive treatment for psychiatric and
chemical dependency issues but do not need inpatient or residential hospital
care, Natchaug offers intensive, structured clinical treatment in programs
that may include up to 6-hours of treatment a day, five days a week.
These intensive treatment programs can help prevent the need for
hospitalization. They can also help people make the transition to home after
inpatient or residential treatment. Natchaug brings this clinical care closer
to people’s homes by offering programs throughout Eastern Connecticut.
For adults, Natchaug offers four partial hospital and intensive
outpatient day and evening treatment programs:
For children and adolescents, Natchaug offers seven partial hospital
and intensive outpatient day treatment programs:
Extended Day Treatment for children and adolescents
This special program, funded in part by the Connecticut Department of
Children and Families, supports children and adolescents who have emotional or
behavioral health issues that put them at risk of needing psychiatric
residential or inpatient care. The Extended Day Treatment program is
particularly helpful for children with special needs who are in foster care.
IICAPS (Intensive In-Home Child & Adolescent
Natchaug Hospital’s Norwich-based program is one of 18 IICAPS programs run
by other agencies around the state, all participating in training and quality
assurance with IICAPS Services at the Yale University Child Study Center.
Developed to help meet the needs of families with children with persistent
psychiatric disorders, the program typically lasts 6 months with 2-3 meetings
per week in the home.
IICAP Services are paid for by the Connecticut Behavioral Health Program,
(CT-BHP) or CSSD.
Special Programs, Juvenile Court
Natchaug’s work with Connecticut’s juvenile justice programs includes
conducting Juvenile Justice Intermediate Evaluations (JJIE) for the juvenile
courts in Willimantic and Waterford. Natchaug also performs office-based
evaluations for court-referred youth and sees a very large number of
court-referred and court-involved youth for treatment at all levels of care,
including inpatient, ambulatory, and school programs. Finally, Natchaug
operates the only secure residential program for delinquent girls in the state
of Connecticut at Journey House.
Special Education, Clinical Day Treatment
Natchaug’s clinical day treatment programs, which are approved by the
Connecticut Department of Education, offer special education services to
students in grades 1–12 whose social, emotional or behavioral health
problems prevent them from functioning successfully in a regular school
Each student’s individual academic and clinical treatment plan is designed
to address their special needs and return them to their regular schools as
soon as possible. Natchaug’s special education programs are offered at eight
Young Adult Program
The Young Adult Program is where 18- to 25-year olds can feel comfortable
dealing with the issues that are unique to their stage of life. The Program
serves men and women in this age group who are struggling due to mental
illness, occupational or educational problems, relationship issues, family
conflict, addictions or other influences that interfere with their day-to-day
In order to minimize conflicts with school or work, the program is run
Monday through Friday during the afternoon. The length of treatment generally
runs six to eight weeks depending on the individual needs of the patient.
Although patients are not required to inform their family of their
treatment, the decision about whether or not to involve their family is an
important one. Patients are encouraged to include anyone who will be a support
to them throughout treatment.
For young adults, Natchaug Hospital offers two partial
hospitalization and intensive outpatient locations:
For more information on the Young Adult Program or to schedule an
evaluation, please call
Psychiatric, Psychological & Neuropsychological
Evaluations for Schools
Psychiatric, Psychological, and Neuropsychological evaluations are often
helpful to school districts when there are concerns about an aspect of a
student’s functioning that impacts his or her presentation or performance at
school. Natchaug Hospital provides evaluations to generate information that
can aid in determining if a student has a disability requiring supportive
services at school. Such evaluations also provide further information to the
planning and placement team about the identified areas of concern and suggest
appropriate interventions for remediation.
Natchaug Hospital’s clinical teams use a variety of interview techniques
and assessment tools to generate recommendations for school interventions and
follow up care. Psychiatric, Psychological and Neuropsychological evaluations
can be requested to gain information and insight on:
- School avoidance
- Social functioning
- Emotional Functioning
- Psychiatric diagnoses
- Behavior problems
- Level of risk
- Learning, academic, cognitive functioning
For more information or to make a referral, contact:
Michelle LoFurno, Psy.D., Director of Psychological Services
Jill Bourbeau, Natchaug School Director
Natchaug Hospital's Community Partners include:
For more information
If you’d like more information about Natchaug Hospital and its community
network of services, please call 800-426-7792 or 860-456-1311, or
any of our sites.
Natchaug Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is
a member of
Hartford HealthCare. Natchaug Hospital is licensed by the State of Connecticut,
and its special education programs are approved by the Bureau of Special
Natchaug Hospital is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)
organization funded in part by private contributions.
Natchaug Hospital participates in most insurance and managed
care programs and is approved by Medicaid and Medicare.