Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan, Connecticut

view of Connecticut, USA
208 Valley Road
New Canaan, CT, 06840

Silver Hill Hospital Overview

Silver Hill Hospital, located in the state of Connecticut and founded in the year 1931, is a non-profit, private hospital that offers treatment for adolescents, teenagers and adults struggling with substance abuse problems or psychiatric issues. The facility received its accreditation in 1962 and has been steadfast in its commitment to improving the experience of patients who choose to seek their help. The facility prides itself on making patients feel safe and comfortable by providing them with three levels of care on the property which include: inpatient treatment (with emphasis on safe detox which can last up to five days, diagnosis and management of medication), transitional living programs which seek to help patients continue their process of recovery until they are healthy enough to return to their homes for more treatment, and outpatient treatment ( a program for individuals who live in their homes but require treatment from substance abuse or mental health problems) designed to help patients maintain their sobriety. Asides from the usual forms of addiction, the hospital also offers treatment for individuals dealing with eating, personality, and anxiety disorders. The facility is capable of treating a lot of issues ranging from alcohol addiction to co-occurring psychiatric disorders. The hospital provides both medical-based treatment and an abstinence-based style of treatment.

Accommodation & Schedules

Silver Hill Hospital boasts of a 43-acre campus that feels less like an actual hospital and more like a normal university campus. All rooms on the campus are designed to accommodate two people although private accommodation can be arranged for a higher cost. Casual clothes (e.g. a pair of jeans, sweatpants, t-shirts), important toiletries (toothbrush and deodorant), and a maximum of $30 to be held by the patient are approved by the facility. Food from outside, belts, DVDs, smartphones and revealing clothing are not. Meals served at the facility are meticulously planned and well balanced and involve: breakfast is usually served at 8:30 am, lunch at 1:30 pm, and dinner around 6:15 pm. The hospital has a well-equipped gym which patients can often visit; recovery, wellness, and group therapy during the day and visiting hours for patients who are interested in seeing immediate family.

Treatment & Therapy

The facility offers three levels of care for its patients. These include:

Inpatient Treatment

In this first stage of treatment, patients are admitted for a detoxification process which is designed to be safe but effective. The hospital pays special attention to the patient and gives them the individualized care they need. Treatment of co-occurring disorder can take place at this stage if necessary.

Transitional Living Programs

This is the next stage for patients in the recovery process and seeks to help patients attain a thorough understanding of their condition and the steps and skills required to manage it. Here, patients are offered the chance to live in a homely environment while receiving the care they need.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

The hospital offers an outpatient program for patients who do not an inpatient level or residential form of treatment but need help recovering from any kind of mental health struggle or addiction and maintaining their sobriety. Participants are required to visit the hospital 2-3 times a week for six weeks for a three-hour group therapy session.
The following are a list of substances that are treated at the hospital:

  • Alcohol
  • Hypnotics
  • Opioids
  • Marijuana
  • Stimulants
  • Cocaine

Therapy Options

The hospital offers a list of therapy options for patients which include:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy


Silver Hill typically costs $37,100 to $70,000 for a 28-day transitional living inpatient program and for a persistent psychiatric disorder its costs $55,650 for a 42-day stay. The hospital is in partnership with various insurance providers to cover payments and charges which vary depending on the treatment provided or program registered in. Medicare is accepted along with other insurance plans such as:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Tricare
  • Managed Health Network
  • Anthem
  • United Health Care
  • and many more

The hospital provides other programs such as Transitional Living and Outpatient programs which might not be covered in insurance plans. Talking with the administrative or financial department of the hospital will clarify issues about payment. A deposit of $13,000 is required for both psychiatric and dual diagnosis treatment and $10,000 for addiction treatment if self-payment is going to be made. Financial assistance is available if payment cannot be made or insurance provided is exhausted.


Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan is licensed by the State of Connecticut and accredited by The Joint Commission National Quality Approval both in Behavioral Health Care and Hospital.

Why Silver Hill Hospital

The hospital conducts different therapy programs to treat patients based on the health issue being faced. They offer general services such as Creative Therapy which entails art therapy (writing and drumming) and alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, Acupuncture, Massage, Pilates, Acupressure, and many more. They offer travel arrangement both booking of flights, hotel reservations, pick up and drop off if clients are interested. Popular Celebrities that have been patients in the hospital are:

  • Mariah Carey (Mental and Emotional Breakdown)
  • Michael Jackson (Addiction to prescription drugs)
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones (Bipolar II disorder)
  • Liza Minnelli (Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol)
  • and many more

The facility has five psychiatrists certified in Addiction treatment to help treat patients with anxiety, mental health illness, and bipolar disorder. The hospital also offers counseling and education to families who have members suffering from such illnesses and lessons on how to help them through their road to recovery with love. Treatments in the hospital are abstinence-based, so medication is only used when needed.
Conditions treated at Silver Hill hospital range from OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder), Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to Depression, ADHD, Bulimia, Anorexia, etc.

Silver Hill Hospital Staff

John Santopietro
President and Medical Director

John is certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and went to Northwestern University Medical School. He performed his residency in Harvard Medical School (Cambridge Hospital) and is a member of different organizations such as; The Steering Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, The Connecticut Psychiatric Society, and many more. With years of experience in the health sector, he is dedicated to delivering better quality and retaining the uniqueness of the hospital.

Eric D. Collins
Physician In Chief/ Chief Medical Officer

Eric D. Collins attended medical school at Columbia University. He is certified in Addiction Psychiatry, Addiction and Psychosomatic Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Currently, at Columbia University, He is serving as the Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Jenna Aceyek
Social Worker

Jenna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut State University in Connecticut majoring in Social Work and a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut majoring in Social Work as well. At Silver Hill, Jenna handles adolescents struggling with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety disorder.

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