TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Subgroup 1. Connecticut State Hospital for the Insane/Connecticut Valley Hospital 1866-1976

Series 2. Alcohol and Drug Dependence Division 1956-1979

Series 3. Commission on Alcoholism 1945-1959

Series 4. Associate Commissioner. Child and Adolescent circa 1964-1976

Series 5. Joint Board of Mental Health 1948-1951

Series 6. Council of Mental Health 1952-1957

Subgroup 7. Fairfield Hills Hospital 1933-1995

Subgroup 8. Norwich State Hospital 1904-1996

Series 9. Commissioner's Files 1958-1994

RG 021, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Title: Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services records
Dates: 1866-1996
Quantity: 998.5 cubic feet (includes subgroups)
Abstract: The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut.
Identification: RG021
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The Department of Mental Health was established on October 1, 1953. It succeeded the Joint Committee of State Mental Hospitals comprising representatives from the Boards of Trustees of the State Mental Hospitals: the first at Middletown in 1867, called Connecticut Hospital for the Insane, now known as Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH); the next, in 1904, Norwich State Hospital; the third, beginning in 1933, Fairfield Hills State Hospital, and finally in 1953, Connecticut Child Study and Treatment Home. Norwich State Hospital and Fairfield Hills were closed down. The Department of Mental Health combined the State Mental Hospitals into one department. In 1975, children's psychiatric services was transferred from the Department of Mental Health to the Department of Children and Youth Services, which was later called the Department of Children and Families (DCF). On July 1, 1995, the Department of Mental Health was absorbed into the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services from the former Department of Public Health and Addiction Services. This is the “single state agency for providing comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services throughout Connecticut.”

See also the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Agency History.

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Scope and Content

Contains records relating to Connecticut State Hospital for the Insane/Connecticut Valley Hospital; Division of Alcohol and Drug Dependence Division; Commission on Alcoholism; Associate Commissioner. Child and Adolescent; Joint Board of Mental Health; Council of Mental Health; Fairfield Hills Hospital; Norwich State Hospital; Commissioner's files. Connecticut State Hospital for the Insane/Connecticut Valley Hospital contain superintendents files, 1867-1960; trustees minutes, 1866-1961; fiscal files, 1889-1943; Personnel records, 1874-1941; patient files, 1916-1965; medical staff records, 1901-1951; school of nursing records, 1904-1939; miscellaneous material, 1889-1976; and manual for practical nursing procedures, 1928.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Connecticut Valley Hospital/Connecticut State Hospital for the Insane, 1866-1991

Series 2. Alcohol and Drug Dependence Division, 1956-1979, 22 cubic feet
Accession: 1983-022, Subject and grant files, circa 1956-1979, 3 cubic feet
Accession: 1983-022, State Advisory Board minutes, 1962-1975, 1 folder
Accession: 2005-020, Community in-service centers, 1959-1979, 19 cubic feet

Series 3. Commission on Alcoholism, 1945-1959, Accession: 1983-022, 0.50 cubic feet

Series 4. Associate Commissioner. Child and Adolescent, 1964-1976, Accession: 1987-031, 3 cubic feet

Series 5. Joint Board of Mental Health, 1948-1951, Accession: T000947, 2 folders

Series 6. Council of Mental Health, 1952-1957, Accession: T000947, 0.75 cubic feet (8 folders)

Subgroup 7. Fairfield Hills Hospital, 1933-1995

Subgroup 8. Norwich State Hospital, 1904-1996

Series 9. Commissioner's files, 1958-1994, Accession: 2003-035, 17 cubic feet

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

New Exemption: Public Act 11-242, section 37 amends subsection (b) (10) of Conn. Gen. Stat. sec. 1-210 and adds to the exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act any records created as a result of a doctor-patient or a therapist-patient relationship. This closure applies to all records listed below as Restricted.

Patients: Files continue to be made available to patients themselves upon reliable proof of identification which may be a current copy of a Connecticut driver's license with a photograph or current credit card with the patient's name on it.

Families: Section 52-140c of the Connecticut General Statutes allows "next of kin" the right to view records of a deceased patient who was also a relative.

Relatives of deceased patients should e-mail or send a letter to the State Archivist Mark Jones with the following information:

- Full name of the patient.
- Approximate years patient was treated at the hospital.
- Name, e-mail, and telephone of the requestor.

The State Archives will search for the folder and will report the results of the search to the requestor. If a file is found and the requestor wants to view or receive copies of the file, the following information must first be presented to the State Archivist:

- Proof of identity through a copy of a current Connecticut driver's license with a photograph or a copy of a current credit card with the requestor's name on it.
- Proof that the patient is deceased through a copy of a death certificate or obituary.
- Proof that the requestor is a "next of kin" to the deceased patient through a copy of a birth certificate, obituary with the name of the requestor mentioned as a survivor, or a signed and dated notarized statement of relationship to the patient.

Other Parties: According to the new exemption, medical records are closed to other parties.

Record Series Listed Below: Records listed below labeled as non-restricted or unrestricted are open to all researchers who have read the rules of use and signed the registration forms. Since these records are stored off site, they may not be available on the same day.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

None.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Dept. of Mental Health
Connecticut. Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Subjects:

Connecticut. Dept. of Mental Health -- Records and correspondence
Connecticut. Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services -- Records and correspondence
Mental health -- Connecticut
Mental health services -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Correspondence
Medical records
Minutes
Personnel records
Reports
Scrapbooks
Speeches

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Container List

Subgroup 1. Connecticut State Hospital for the Insane/Connecticut Valley Hospital, 1866-1976, 223 cubic feet
Trustee minutes, superintendents files, nursing records, surgical records, legal opinions hearings, patient records, 1962-65, and various other records pertaining to the operation of the Connecticut Valley Hospital. The State Archives only has a sampling of files.
RG 021:001, Connecticut Valley Hospital Inventory of Records
Series 2. Alcohol and Drug Dependence Division, 1956-1979, 22 cubic feet
Box
Subject and Grant Files, circa 1956-1979, Accession: 1983-022, 3 cubic feet
UNRESTRICTED
Grant Summaries - ADDD, 1974 1
Grant Applications - ADDD, 1975
Grant Review Committee, 1974
Minutes - RFP Review Committee Meeting, 1974 December 31 - 1975 January 7
DARTEC Educational Grant
Legislative Program Review Committee
RFP Information
Staffing Grants
Federal Grant #5-H19-MH-17837-001 Year
Federal Grant #5-H19-MH-17837-002, Continuation Year
Federal Grant #5-H19-MH-17837-03
Federal Grant #5-H19-MH-17837-04, 4th Year Staffing Grant
Federal Grant #5-H19-MH-17837-005, 5th Year Staffing Grant
Narcotics Addicts Treatment Facility
Research Grants - Miscellaneous 2
Community Based Treatment Program
Adolescents Grant
Fullway House Rehabilitation Program
State Occupational Alcoholism Program
Niantic Project
Compass Club
COA Evaluation Project
NARA Title I, II, III
NARA II
PPBS 3
DARTEC
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Control
Community Service Center
ADRU
University of Connecticut, Health Center, Dept. of Pediatrics
Training Center - UCONN Agreement
Occupational Alcoholism Program
Government Employees Programs
EEA Reports
Proposed Employees' Assistance Program
Reports: By ADDD - Reports #1-9
List of Operating Treatment and Evaluation Programs
Reports: By ADDD - Reports #10-14
Reports: Annual Report of Dept. of Mental Health 4
Annual Report by the COA to the Governor, 1952-1953
Reports - By COA: Manual of Operations, 1957
Reports: By State Alcohol Council: Therapeutic Shelters as Entry Point for the Care System
Reports by Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council - Minimum Stds for Treatment Programs
Annual Reports by Other Depts. of State Government, 1972-1973
Reports: Proposal - NIDA 271-76-2213, 2 folders
Miscellaneous Technical Reports #1-3
Miscellaneous Technical Reports #4-6
NE Regional Support Center, Bimonthly Report, 1976
Patient Fate - McCarthy Report 5
Functions of the Division Advisory Council
Statutes of Connecticut Pertaining to the COA,
Fee Policy - Outpatient Clinics
Proposed Plan on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
By Laws - Governing Authority, Dept. of Mental Health
Outpatient Alcohol Detoxification
Suggested Allocation of Funds
1976 Connecticut Plan for Alcoholism Treatment and Prevention
Testimony Before Legislative Committee
NE Regional Support Center - Conference, 1976 November
Symposium: Institute for Single State Agency Management, 1976 December
Alcohol Problems and Alcohol Policy
CODAP 3 Training Session 6
Training Center
Personnel - ADD Counselor Job Description,
Request for Approval of Position
Mental Health Dept. Personnel System
Personnel - Old Pay Plans
Personnel - Photographs
Letters and Special Reports - State
COA Miscellaneous
Newsletter: Connecticut Mental Health Reporter
State Advisory Board Minutes, 1962-1975, Accession: 1983-022, 1 folder
UNRESTRICTED
Community In-Service Centers, 1959-1979, Accession: 2005-020, 19 cubic feet
RESTRICTED
Blue Hills Hospital - Inpatient Record, 1959-1979
Compass Club Members
AB-DU, 1960-1979 1
EN-KR, 1960-1979 2
LA-NU, 1960-1979 3
OB-SL, 1959-1979 4
SM-ZA, 1960-1979 5
Evaluation Group, H-O 6
Second Admission, A-B 7
A-F, 1960-1964 8
I-L 9
G-I 10
SU-Z 11
C-DO 12
MC-P, 1964-1971 13
Cadres House
S-T 14
S-Z, before 1977 15
M-R 16
B-Y 17
A-F 18
A-M 19
Series 3. Commission on Alcoholism, 1945-1959, Accession: 1983-022, 0.50 cubic feet
UNRESTRICTED
Box
Board of Trustees Official Minutes, 1945-1959 7
Series 4. Associate Commissioner. Child and Adolescent, circa 1964-1976, Accession: 1987-031, 3 cubic feet
UNRESTRICTED
Consolidation of state children's services
Unprocessed
Box
Charles Launi 1-3
Series 5. Joint Board of Mental Health, 1948-1951, Accession: T000947, 2 folders
UNRESTRICTED
Monthly Reports and Papers
1948-1951, 2 folders 1
Series 6. Council of Mental Health, 1952-1957, Accession: T000947, 0.75 cubic feet (8 folders)
UNRESTRICTED
Papers
1952-1955, 5 folders 1
1956-1957, 3 folders 2
Subgroup 7. Fairfield Hills Hospital, 1933-1995
RG 021:007, Fairfield Hills Hospital Inventory of Records
Subgroup 8. Norwich State Hospital, 1904-1996
RG 021:008, Norwich State Hospital Inventory of Records
Series 9. Commissioner's Files, 1958-1994, Accession: 2003-035, 17 cubic feet
UNRESTRICTED
Box
Awards, 1988-1990 1
Department of Administrative Services
Affirmative Action
APT Foundation, 1986-1989
Agreements, 1984-1990
Block Grant Applications, 1987-1990
Bond Authorizations, 1987-1990
CADAC Correspondence, 1988-1990
CADAC Plan Task Force, Vol. I
CADAC Plan Task Force, Vol. II
CADAC Facility Agreements, 1986-1987
DMHAS Capital Projects, 1987-1988
Clozapine, 1989-1990
Clozapine Responses, 1990
Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities, 1986-1990 2
Commissioner's Policy Statements, 1985-1990
Commitment Statutes Committee, 1986-1990
Comptroller's Office
Confidentiality, 1986-1989
Conn. Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 1984-1990
Conn. Council of Community MH Centers, 1986-1990
Conn. Health Research & Info Systems Project, 1986-1988
Connecticut Legal Rights Project, 1990
Dept. of Children & Youth Services
Dept. of Correction, 1986-1989
Deaf & Hearing Impaired, 1984-1988
Dept. of Education
Dept. of Mental Health Mission Statement
Disabilities, 1987-1990
Directory of Services 3
Dual Diagnosis, Mental Illness & Substance Abuse
Emergency Room Study, 1984-1986
Ethics Commission, 1982-1990
Forensic Services, 1976-1990
Forensic Manuals, Conn. Valley Hospital, 1990
Forensic Manuals, Fairfield Hills Hospital, 1989-1990
Macro Report, Study of Forensic Services, 1984-1986
Forensic Intermediate Treatment Unit
Gambling, 1981-1988
Governing Body Minutes, 1990 4
Governing Body Minutes, 1982-1989
Governing Body Bylaws, 1973-1990
Governor's Office, 1984-1990
Governor's Task Force on Homelessness, 1985-1986
Governor's Task Force on Nursing, 1987-1988
State of CT Community Support Systems Strategy Development & Implementation Grant, 1988
State of CT Community Support Systems Strategy, etc., 1985
State of CT Community Support Systems Strategy, etc., 1984
History, Dept. of Mental Health, Vol. I 5
History, Dept. of Mental Health, Vol. II
H.I.V.
Homeless Block Grant, 1988-1990
Housing, 1988-1990
Human Services Cabinet: AIDS, 1987-1988
Human Services Cabinet, AIDS, 1988-1990 6
Human Services Cabinet, 1982-1990
Human Services Cabinet, Casey Initiative, 1988-1990
Human Services Cabinet, Poverty, 1988-1990
Human Services Cabinet, Regional Boundaries, 1988-1989
DMHAS Info Systems Development, 1983-1990
Institute of Living, 1988-1990
Insurance: Blue Ribbon Commission, 1990
Involuntary Medication, Right to Refuse Medication
J.C.A.H.O., 1985-1989
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 1981-1989
Legislative Correspondence
Legislative Program Review & Investigations Committee,
Licensure, 1981-1987
Long-Term Care, 1981-1990
Media, 1990 7
Medicaid, 1990
Medicaid Mental Health Study, Correspondence, 1988
Medicaid Mental Health Study, Reports, 1988
Medication, 1984-1990
Medication Errors, 1986-1987
Mental Health Association, 1978-1990
Mental Health Plan, 1989-1991
Dept. of Mental Retardation, 1980-1983
Dept. of Mental Retardation, 1984-1985
Dept. of Mental Retardation, 1986-1988
Dept. of Mental Retardation, 1989-1990
DMR/DMH Interagency Agreement, 1984-1990
Middletown Health Care Center, 1983-1990 8
DMH Community Support System Program Development, 1985
State Mental Health Plan, 1982-1988
State Comprehensive Mental Health Plan, 1982-1989
Narcotics Advisory Council Minutes, 1963-1967
National Institute of Mental Health , 1986-1990
Personnel, 1988-1990
Protection & Advocacy, 1985-1990
Plan for Closure of a State Mental Health Hospital, 1981
Psychiatric Security Review Board, 1986-1990
Quality Assurance, 1986-1993 9
Quality Assurance Plan, 1982
Quality Assurance: Case Management
Quality Assurance: Crisis Intervention
Quality Assurance: Mental Health Master Plan, 1985-1987
Quality Assurance: Partial Hospital
Quality Assurance: Program Standards, 1986-1988
Quality Assurance: Psycho-Social Rehab, 1985-1991
Quality Assurance: Residential Services
Quality Assurance: Vocational Rehab
Quality of Work Life, 1984-1990
Refugee Mental Health Treatment 10
Region I (Correspondence), 1990
Region II, 1990
Region III, 1990
Regional Directors Meeting Minutes, 1986-1990
Regional Mental Health Boards
Research: CSP Demonstration Project, 1990
Restraint and Seclusion
Resuscitate (Do Not) Policy
Ribicoff Research Facilities, 1986
Dept. of Social Services 11
Dept. of Mental Health Statistics, 1981-1990
Stigma: The Impact of Community Education
Supported Employment, 1987-1990
Tables of Organization
Task Force on AIDS
Task Force on Appointment of Conservators
Task Force on the Elderly
Task Force on Evolving Role of Physicians, 1987-1990
Task Force: Governor's Blue Ribbon on Mental Health, 1983
Task Force on Mental Illness, 1983
Task Force: PA 89-325, Final Report
Task Force on Infection Control, 1988
Task Force on Nursing Shortage 12
Task Force: Governor's Task Force on Traumatic Brain Injury, 1986-1987
Task Force: Governor's to Study HMOs
Task Force on Veterans' Home
UCONN Psych Intensive Care Unit
UCONN Social Work Contract, 1987-1990
Workers' Compensation
Yale University, 1977-1989
Yale University, 1990-1992
Facilities
Facilities Campus Plan Correspondence, 1984-1990 13
Capitol Region Mental Health Center
Cedarcrest Hospital
Connecticut Mental Health Center
Connecticut Valley Hospital, 1990
Connecticut Valley Hospital, 1983
Connecticut Valley Hospital, 1972-1982
CVH: Middletown Tragedy, Vol. I, 1989
CVH: Middletown Tragedy, Vol. II, 1989
CVH: Eddy Home, 1986-1988
Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center
Campus Plans
Campus Plan, Conn. Valley Hospital, 1988-1990 14
Campus Plan, Dept. of Mental Health, 1987-1989
Campus Plan, Dept. of Mental Health, 1989
Campus Plan, Dept. of Mental Health, 1990
Campus Plan, Fairfield Hills Hospital, 1990
Campus Plan, Norwich Hospital, 1990
Facilities
DuBois Center, 1988-1990 15
Fairfield Hills Hospital, 1983-1990
Norwich Hospital, 1986-1990
Norwich Hospital, Register of Historic Places Whiting Forensic, 1987-1990
Facility Advisory Boards, 1983-1989
Reports
Report: Accomplishments in the Mental Health System, 1981-1986 16
Dept. of Mental Health Annual Reports, 1966-1978
Dept. of Mental Health Annual Reports, 1981-1990
Assorted Facility Annual Reports, 1967-1975
Report: Assertive Community Treatment Service, 1987
Report: DMH Now, 1989-1990
Macro Study on Alcohol Treatment, 1984
DMH & DMR Final Report, 1990
MEDICAID Report, 1988
DMH Briefing Documents, 1989-1994 17
REPORT: People with Prolonged Mental Illness, 1988
Monthly Psych Inpatient Services Reports, 1987
Monthly Psych Inpatient Services Reports, 1988
Monthly Psych Inpatient Services Reports, 1989
Reports on Staffing Needs, Admission to a Mental Hospital, Plan for Closure of State Mental Hospital in Connecticut, 1958-1981
Torrey Report: Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, 1990
Torrey Report: Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, 1988
Whiting Forensic Macro Systems Report, 1986
Alternative Models in MH Services Delivery (Dane County), 1989