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The Family Resource Center
The Institute of Living-Hartford Hospital
200 Retreat Avenue
Carolina Cottage
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-545-7665
Fax: 860-545-7140

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Our Mission

The Family Resource Center (FRC) provides education, support, referral services, and treatment to persons or families dealing with a major mental illness.

About Us

The FRC is a service for families and friends dealing with severe and persistent mental health problems.

The FRC is the hub of the Institute of Living. It is the incubator for successful program development, professional and staff growth and an advocate with community resources/affiliates.

The FRC offers a variety of services including but not limited to:

  1. Ongoing Support Groups, Lectures, Events and Outreach Services to families who are dealing with a mental illness.

  2. The FRC offers an accessible and user friendly, comprehensive source of information on a variety of disorders, their treatment and what community agencies or resources are available to help families better cope with the impact of the illness on their lives. This information is housed at the Institute of Living and enables family members, consumers and professionals to drop in and utilize written, Internet and staff members’ expertise.

  3. The FRC provides the training and development of staff who work with families at the Institute of Living to improve their care of patients. Possibly offering Internships.

  4. The FRC provides education, consultation and/or treatment to families. When a person suffers from mental illness it affects the entire family. The center will give the basic skills necessary for the development of healthy families. The Family Resource Center is dedicated to encouraging, strengthening and empowering family units. Another component to the center is that it believes in a consumer to consumer approach; offering peer support groups to help encourage mental health consumers achieve full and healthy lives.

  5. The FRC sponsors annual events to help fight stigma including
    1. Brain Dance Award
    2. Diversity Day
    3. NAMI Walk
  6. We are a local sponsor for outside agencies

  7. FRC hosts with a peer model
    1. Schizophrenia Anonymous (Fuller Building)
    2. Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (Commons Building)
    3. Peer Support Group (Carolina Cottage)