Silver Hill Hospital

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Silver Hill Hospital
Location Silvermine River Valley of Fairfield County, New Canaan, Connecticut, United States
Coordinates 41°09′54″N 73°28′08″W / 41.165°N 73.469°W / 41.165; -73.469Coordinates: 41°09′54″N 73°28′08″W / 41.165°N 73.469°W / 41.165; -73.469
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Psychiatric
Beds 129 [1]
Founded 1931
Lists Hospitals in Connecticut

Silver Hill Hospital is a non-profit psychiatric hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.[2] established in 1931. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and provides behavioral health care treatment.[3] This includes psychiatric and addiction services.

Since 2010, Silver Hill Hospital hosts the annual Giving Hope Gala, a fundraiser to benefit the Patient Financial Aid Fund, which assists patients lacking funds to cover the costs for the hospital's long-term residential treatment programs. The gala was founded by Michael Cominotto and husband Dennis Basso.[4]


Silver Hill Hospital was founded by John Millet in 1931 as Silver Hill Inn as a setting to help patients described as "nervous, depressed, anxious, or malingering."[5] It was located in the Silvermine River Valley of Fairfield County, straddling the borders of Wilton and New Canaan, Connecticut.[6]

Starting in 1971, focus was placed on building the hospital's substance abuse program. By 1984, that program included a psychiatrist, an associate psychiatrist, a psychologist, substance abuse counselors, nursing staff, and a recreational and occupational therapist.[7]

The inpatient acute care unit was built in 1985[8] to provide treatment to patients whose mental illness call for constant supervision.[5]

In 2012, The Chronic Pain and Recovery Center program launched.[9] In 2015, both an eating disorder program for adults[10] and an outpatient opioid addiction program launched.[11]


The hospital's 42-acre campus includes former family homes acquired by the hospital's board over time, allowing for longer term treatment and transitional living programs on the campus.[8] The restoration of these homes generated several awards from a local historical preservation society. These include:

  • Scavetta House, which serves as a men's residential facility.[12]
  • River House, a 1913 English Tudor style home that has served as a patient residence since the 1980s[12] and now houses the Dialectical Behavior Therapy residential program,[13] which helps so-called borderline patients regulate feelings by charting emotions.[5]
  • Klingenstein House, a 1920s guesthouse that now houses the Adolescent Transitional Living Program.[13][14][15]


  1. ^ "Behavioral Health Care" (PDF). Retrieved February 7, 2017. ...and Silver Hill Hospital, Inc. with 129 licensed HMIP beds in New Canaan. 
  2. ^ Sheehy, Michael (1984). "Silver hill foundation substance abuse service". Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 1 (4): 287–289. doi:10.1016/0740-5472(84)90009-6. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Joint Commission Quality Check". Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ Zilkha, Bettina (November 18, 2015). "2015 Silver Hill Hospital Giving Hope Gala Raises Over $1 Million". Forbes. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Slocum, Bill (September 1, 2007). "Mending Body and Soul". New Canaan - Darien Magazine. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ "About Silver Hill Psychiatric Hospital | Mental Health Hospital CT". Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  7. ^ Sheehy, Michael (1984). "Silver hill foundation substance abuse service". Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 1 (4): 287–289. doi:10.1016/0740-5472(84)90009-6. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Only in the Darkness Can You See the Stars". Visionaries. Season 21. PBS. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  9. ^ Kang, Crystal (August 28, 2014). "Silver Hill Hospital takes nondrug approach to chronic pain". Fairfield Business Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ Enos, Gary A. (November 9, 2015). "Silver Hill launches multi-level eating disorders program". Addiction Professional. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ Dinan, Michael (March 5, 2015). "Q&A: Silver Hill Launches Outpatient Opioid Addiction Program". New Canaanite. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Fisher, Joshua (May 24, 2014). "Silver Hill receives historic preservation award". The New Canaan Advertiser. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Sigurd, Ackerman (June 5, 2015). "Silver Hill gets Historic Preservation award". The New Canaan Advertiser. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Klingenstein House, Silver Hill Hospital". New Canaan Preservation Alliance. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  15. ^ "New Canaan Preservation Alliance to hold annual awards event". Houston Chronicle. April 22, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 

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