Connecticut State Hospital, Middletown (Asylum for the Insane)

November, 2016 by Kate Frank
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From Kate:

Getting inside the abandoned sections of this mental hospital is said to be pretty difficult (though I'm pretty sure I could get myself admitted without too much trouble!). Lucky for me, I ran into a bored and amicable state trooper who let me inside. He then directed me to a cemetery of unmarked graves. I hear the cemetery is haunted. Investigation to come!

Also known as the Connecticut Asylum for the Insane, Connecticut Valley Hospital.

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Submitted by ctadventurer (not verified) on
Went here today. Took maybe 5 pictures and turned around to two cops getting out of their cars. They took my camera and browsed through the pictures and told me to delete them and leave the property. waste of time its too watched. Great buildings though. =)

Submitted by Neil (not verified) on
I'm not disputing that you saw a street named after Vivian Vance, merely saying that no street on the hospital grounds had such a name when I worked there. Remember, I fully retired from CVH about 25 years ago. It would not be the first time they renamed a street.

Submitted by Menacia (not verified) on
Well, I know that Vivian Vance Way exists because I saw it with my own two eyes, and she was a patient at CVH a few times. As far as the morgue story, someone told my husband that it was, so it could just be a myth! ;)

Submitted by Neil (not verified) on
Menacia, I worked at CVH for over 35 years, and I can tell you that all these stories about haunting etc. are just plain silly. There never was any such talk of supernatural activity when I worked there (starting in 1950, when it was still called Connecticut State Hospital), and I worked in Beers Hall which was one of the oldest if not the oldest buildings there, cornerstone laid in 1867, so if there were any spooks around that's probably where they would be. We did used to take new student nurses down to the basement, which was abandoned and sort of spooky, to see "the old dungeon" -- which was all baloney of course. Didn't know anything about a street named after Vivian Vance. That must have been a name change after my time. Beers Hall was named after Clifford W. Beers who had been a patient there back in the day, and later wrote a book about his experiences there (I think the title was "A Mind That Found Itself") and became very active in the mental health movement. It's all different now. When i worked in Beers it comprised eight wards with a total of over 300 patients. Many years ago half of the building was torn down and the remaining half (adjoining Shew Hall, the administration building) was converted into offices. You can see by looking at the north end of Beers Hall that it has an entirely different type of construction -- they didn't even attempt to match the lovely olld brownstone facing of the rest of the building.

Submitted by Neil (not verified) on
Menacia, one other thing. You mention the Credit Union being in "a small red brick house-like structure" which was "once the hospital morgue." I wonder about this. The morgue was in an extension of Weeks Hall for many years, nothing like a small red brick house. The morgue in fact was quite large, and had a full-time pathologist with a small staff. Weeks Hall was torn down years ago (like others of the oldest buildings) and I never heard about any replacement location for the morgue. CVH no longer has need of such a section since the patient population is now much smaller and also probably much more transient. When I started working there the patient population was around 3,100 -- many of them very long-term patients who actually lived out their lives there, so there was a need for a morgue. The only small red brick house-like building I can think of was the old hospital police station, at the corner of Silver St. and the street (whatever it's called now) that runs past Dutcher Hall. Does that sound like the location you're talking about? (The police department was moved to a building on the other side of Silver St. while I was still working there.) They've always moved functions and services around and I'm sure everything (except probably the administration building) is much different now.

Submitted by Menacia (not verified) on
My husband currently works at CVH. He has not told me any stories of odd happenings when he works at night, then again he's a logical person. Nor does he bring home any stories about the patients he works with because he's a professional. He takes his work very seriously in an environment where his life could be in potential danger. They have a lot of security, for a reason. This is not a college campus, but a prison and a hospital. A couple of things I did notice when I went there (to go to the Credit Union) is that the name of one of the streets is "Vivian Vance (Way)?" as she was once a patient. I also found out the Credit Union building, which is a small red brick house-like structure, was once the hospital morgue. I think this hospital has a sad history, but it also helped a lot of people.

Submitted by Jennifer (not verified) on
Aww... I would love to go in there.. Too bad it's not allowed.. Actually drove by a couple of times.. It looks awesome and creepy at the same time.. Why aren't tours allowed?? And if they are how would one go about trying to get in??

Submitted by Jen (not verified) on
The morgue was not in the current Credit Union. It was, on fact, in Weeks Hall, which burned down a few years ago and them demolished. I've been in quite a few times. Neil, you're 100% on point. It was HUGE. And gorgeous. There wouldn't have been a need for a second morgue, it was more than adequately sized to serve the entire hospital. Sadly, all of my photos of it were lost or destroyed. It's such a shame. There is now a Vance Drive. As you mentioned, it was probably renamed at some point. I'm not sure if it's the road you're thinking of, but that's the name of the road Russell Hall is located. I grew up near CVH and spent a lot of time wandering the grounds as a teen (I still drive through occasionally and visit the cemetery). I haven't been in any of the buildings since I was a teen but wish I had been able to see Weeks again. It was beautiful. It's such a shame the buildings are so dilapidated. The state has tried selling/leasing them but no one wants to spend the money. Renovations would be too costly, and asbestos removal is pricey as well. My brother works at CVH in Battell Hall. From what he's been told the state has no plans to demolish in the forseea me future for that reason.

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
I remember cvh back in the 70s when I was in children's unit of cvh now riverview but back then they only keep us till 14 then we gone to the adolescent unit it was in merit hall then to Russell hall in june 1979 they moved us to the old undercliff place but it closed in 1998 along with some of the other adolescent units and merged them to rvh some day I m gonna go see the old units Russell hall undercliff and just drive thought rvh but not stop of course do any u remember the projects down near bottom of the hill of cvh I saee by google they tour them all down so yeah I remember seeing all the old buildings while I was in them places I see also the old theater is closed down on cvh grounds when I was in Russell hall we use to go there to watch old movies I only remember one it was "the good the bad and the ugly " it was a really nice inside then and now its all run down as well did they use it for others besides us kids back then?? they got the bowling ally too I remember we use to go play there all time 2 lanes and u had ot set the pins by hand and we use to go roller skaking in the old centrol kitchen the only thing left up there was the very long dishwasher on the side the rest room was nothing in it boy I chuold go on about things we use to do while we was there

Submitted by Jen (not verified) on
Michael, you're generally not allowed to drive through Undercliff. There's a State Trooper who lives on the premisis. IF you still want to try, don't ever do it on a weekday. The main hospital is in pretty rough shape (especially inside). Oh and the projects by CVH were called The Village. I remember when they tore those down, a lot of my classmates lived there.

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
well that's nice to know u see jen I mean the main building at undercliff is where we was on the 1st floor they did use a few of the upper floors in front only well even if I had gone there I would love to get inside to see the old unit but its all boarded up and isn't easy to get in they got video of inside it on youtube yeah a few of the upper floors that wasn't used is in very bad shape but the units isn't all that bad but they didn't go on the units they gone right upstairs I even remember the room I was in in there but I also know its been closed for over 15 years I think it closed in 1998 and there was real jerk people who trash the place I don't know why they got to do that for cant they just go in to look and not have to trash the place I hate when people do that it don't look as if they plan to use the building anymore I didn't know the trooper still lived there he use to when it was open anyway if I was to do that go there it be just one time only because I always told my self after I got out them places I would go visit them at less one time and I see some post on the internet kids who had gone there say ohhh its was soo bad and staff was really bad to us that's not true there is only a issue when we misbehaved or was bad we was in there for one thing or another but also back then they didn't know a lot about diffent disorders i have autism but they didn't know a lot about autism back then remember many fun things we use to do at children unit and at the adolescent units and that's the things i think about because i was happy to be there it took me out of things happing at home if u get what i mean well i felt i was better at them places then i was at home

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
so u know the autism I have is high functioning autism so I can drive and all that stuff I just happy it wasn't low functioning autism

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
I think Owen who posted on #38 has some real issues when he turned 18 they should have transferred him from rvh to the cvh wards for the nuts I sure he fit in with other nuts very well

I have been visiting the cemetery for about ten years now. It is a place where I find heartbreaking peace. Photos of the cemetery: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.333746273406153.72814.286578391456275&type=3

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
im very sure u can drive thought and they not gonna say anything the roads go all around it to other parts not part of cvh its not a closed area or fenced in u jusr cant go in any of the old closed buildings I gogole map it and u see the roads go all over the place over under past thought ect ect that is a old phote shot on google map of cvh it still shows the building that burned down is still there guess they never update them someday im gonna go drive thought and also stop at Russell hall to see the old boys unit that we was on before they moved us over to undercliff in june 1979 Russell hall isn't closed but the new adolescent unit at undercliff is closed got closed in 1998 now at undercliff don't let them catch u there the cops watch that place all time for people trying to sneak in there I wont be trying to go there anytime soon to see the old units we was in there I don't need any trouble with the state pigs they ones who watch that place if anyone want to see it go to youtube.com and they have many videos of undercliff outside and inside the buildings just type on Undercliff and all the videos will come up

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
and yeah the people who took them videos at undercliff was very lucky in deed they didn't get caught in there they WHOULD BE BUSTED for sure so if anyone desides they want to go see it "BE WARNED" u go in at UR OWN RISK and CHANCE getting caught by the STATE PIGS who GUARD that place because u never know where they will be at

Submitted by Chris (not verified) on
Connecticut Valley Hospital is not completely abandoned. It is still a functioning mental hospital. I know because I deliver there for my job. The place is full of patients just trying to get better and staff trying to help them, so if you decide to go exploring please make sure you don't end up in someone's hospital room. You can view the buildings, both the abandoned and occupied ones from the public roads that go around and through the grounds. They are quite beautiful old buildings and it's a shame that they want to tare them down. And there is a juvenile prison nearby, so it should be no surprise that there are lots of cops in the area.

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
and beyond the juvenile prison did u see the riverview hospital for children on the hill chris???that is still open as well yes there are still some of the buildings for cvh is still in use Russell hall they using for other things no nuts there any more it did have old people who was bed bound who was dying on 1st floor and the adolescent units was on 2nd floor that's how I know about the old people who was on 1st floor I was a kid on the boys unit and I remember me and another kid gone into the 1st floor unit man it smelled bad and we saw a old guy in his bed in the 1st big room of the unit with a how u say it he had a pitched tent if u get what I mean we was only in the 1st big room we didn't go way in we left quick because we didn't know if we get in trouble for going on that unit and get caught by staff on that unit lol I hope someday to go visit Russell hall see the old unit we was on I remember many things we did lots of fun things and I remember one day the staff called the state cops in because they was worried the kids was planning a jump the staff for the keys from them and make a break for it I was not involved in that but I do remember all the kids but me was down in the back bedroom it got the staff worried to where they got the state cops there and remove the kids from the room they got time out and straight jacket for it and yes I have been in the time out room and straight jacket many times for misbehaving

Submitted by LS77 (not verified) on
I can not believe the ignorance I have read about children who resided at the Riverview Children's Hospital. If your opinions weren't so obtuse, and filled with subjective reasons- I would take them more seriously. I was a "patient" at that facility in 1990. I was there because my mother allowed herself, and her boyfriends to abuse me in ways that should have landed them in jail. Abuse/Neglect of children have many consequences and "stigmas" that you people who have placed on these innocent fractured souls because of what you read or see rather than actual knowledge of what each and every child did with their lives later. You cast your stones, you judge, yet you have no idea what you are judging or throwing stones at. I am a college educated, successful woman in my mid-thirties. Above all else, I am a successful mom to two beautiful children that are honor roll students. I never attended Long Lane nor have I ever been arrested. Before you show ignorances and naivety to what "class" of children went to this hospital and what they did later- gather facts of every child and then present your argument. God Bless you and your family.

Yes I would love to visit. @ Michael I was also a patient in the 70's. Would love to visit cottage a, Merritt hall Russell hall, bowling ally. Haven't been in Middletown since the 70's. Would also love to hear of what became of some of the counselors

Submitted by Employeewfd (not verified) on
Being a current employee I laugh at some of these assumptions people made here. Whoever said they visited whiting with their mom. Not true. Family members don't get access. In fact people who work in other buildings don't even have clearance to go beyond the gates at WFD. Never worked at river view but I have seen some patients from there and it's a great place. They also don't train police dogs at CVH campus. Haha you people need to get real facts don't assume or make up.

Submitted by roni (not verified) on
I've lived in middletown for about 8 yrs now, but my boyfriend is from middletown. I myself have been a patient at what they now call rushford, which is at the bottom near the cemetery. I have visited the cemetery and know that lizzie borden is buried there. You can find her name on the big stone plaque with all of the other patients names on it. I'm pretty sure she was hospitalized there as an older woman, and then died there, and was buried there. You will find her name on the wall. I also spent some time at. aic right across from that very old brownstone that was built in,I believe 1867 or something like that, but every time I would look at this building I would just feel the biggest feeling of sorrow for some reason. I also knew a girl that was locked up there this building was actually the very first building in ct for the criminally insane and still had chains in some rooms where they would lock patients to the walls, back then these things were done because there were not a lot of things known about mental illness so things like electric shock treatment and lobotomies were considered to be state of the art treatments even though it left the patient like a vegetable and drooling all over him/herself. Being a person with depression and living day to day life struggles with it, I can say having been on all kinds of medication when I was younger that it is much easier for me anyways to just deal with the issues myself, everyone has problems no one is perfect and we have come a long way as a society when it comes to treating people with mental illness with respect and not like an animal. We are all gods children and when we treat others like that because we somehow think oh that could never happen to me, well ur wrong. Some of the most successful people in life happen to have a mental illness like robin williams for one he is bipolar so there you go. Great guy too! Anyways the buildings are indeed very excellent examples of 19th century architecture but are also now very creepy looking whatever is left of them, most of them being torn down. Also be very careful if you do visit because yes it is state property and there are always cops waiting for trespassers.

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
YEAH @Karen i remeber the bolwing allay yeah u had to set the pins by hand there was 2 lanes so was u a kid at the adolescent unit at russel hall? if so do u remember we use to go to the old centerl kichen to go rolling skating and remember the small builden near the green house woodworking class with mr mangenie and i dont rmeember we even did any wood working just listen to music lke cats and the cradle a nd steveie wonder and we use to take ture of the greenhosue and also we gone to the old therader to watch old moives i only rememver one the good the bad and the ugly i miss rvh and adolescent unit a lot between the time outs we use to have lots of fun so i take it u was on the girls unit russell hall remember too us boys use to comer over to girls unit to watch movies and listen to music i remember i bring a few recaords disco over i still got them too with my name on them i also remember too when all the boys was clustering on trhe back bed room and the staff notice it was quutie and i notice too a nd i gone down to see where they was they tolsd me to beat it and i was glad they did too when i gone back up by staff officer there was 2 state cops there to break up the kidsin back i guess they was worryed the kids was planing to jump them and make a mass break lol i dont remember any staff names only a few kids chris who love the group kiss and jim ross and i remember too when some us got off uint without staff me and another kid gone down stairs unit under boys unit there was bed boud old fokes in there beds and one old guy was lating in his bed with a pitched tent oh also do u remember the old couple who use to cone once week to bring us buble gum boy that all sure bring back good memmerys i miss it so much wish i never had to leave there as adult life been so very hard on me i have autism so its not been very easy for me at all and thats why i wish i never left there and yeah i wonder what happen to the staff who use to watch us before i end karen was u still there when we moved from russel hall to undercliff it was june 1979 ?/

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
@Employeewfd some of was there as patients there wether it was on the children unit adolescent unit or one them other places i ws on the children unit of cvh now called riverview and the adolescent unit started at merit hall then to russel hall to undercliff i remember all the moves i was a kid on them but only thing was back then they didnt know very much about autism witch i have

Submitted by CVHEmployee (not verified) on
I also work at CVH (in forensics) and have to laugh at the many stories and rumors that stir. While we have many old buildings that are currently not being used, much of the hospital remains. I strongly urge those considering a walk on our campus to think twice. DMHAS (Department of Mental Health) has a strong police presence on the campus and those not wearing an ID will likely be stopped. Also photography is not permitted anywhere on campus (signs indicate this at all of the entrances). Plus, we have many patients with privileges to walk the grounds; it would be completely inappropriate to accidentally have pictures online of patients. @michael. You are probably referring to Young Adult Services, which is in our Merrit building. CVH is an adult-only facility and does not provide services to those under 18 (because they're handled by DCF).

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
@CVHEmployee i know not now they dont have under 18 anymore i ment back in the 70s the adolescent uint started at merit hall i moved from childrens unit of cvh now called riverview and move to russell hall and then moved to undercliff in 79 but they closed them in the 90s and merged them all to riverview back then childrens unit of cvh rvh only kept us till 14 then we moved to one of the adolescent unit but in the 90s they clsoed all them and now rvh keeps them till 18 maybe u wasnt there back then when cvh had kids under 18 boy i remember all it very well the good times we had while there but we all was there for somereason or another what ever issue was me i have autism and yeah they didnt know very much about autism back then

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
well also we had not so good times boy i chould tell u some storys when we was at russell hall like when staff called the state cops becasue they was worry the kids was planing a mass excape and no i was not involded in it i was only one not in back room but when i gone back up by staff office i saw the cops standing there getting infor from staff and just read some my other post here about thnigs we did when we was there at russell hall

Submitted by Johnny Timewarp... (not verified) on
Just read a blog entry for this article dated January 16, 2014...Lizzie Borden was never a patient at CVH and is actually buried with her sister and murdered parents in Fall River, Massachusetts...

Submitted by Jen (not verified) on
The morgue was not in the current Credit Union. It was, on fact, in Weeks Hall, which burned down a few years ago and them demolished. I’ve been in quite a few times. Neil, you’re 100% on point. It was HUGE. And gorgeous. There wouldn’t have been a need for a second morgue, it was more than adequately sized to serve the entire hospital. Sadly, all of my photos of it were lost or destroyed. It’s such a shame. There is now a Vance Drive. As you mentioned, it was probably renamed at some point. I’m not sure if it’s the road you’re thinking of, but that’s the name of the road Russell Hall is located. I grew up near CVH and spent a lot of time wandering the grounds as a teen (I still drive through occasionally and visit the cemetery). I haven’t been in any of the buildings since I was a teen but wish I had been able to see Weeks again. It was beautiful. It’s such a shame the buildings are so dilapidated. The state has tried selling/leasing them but no one wants to spend the money. Renovations would be too costly, and asbestos removal is pricey as well. My brother works at CVH in Battell Hall. From what he’s been told the state has no plans to demolish in the forseea me future for that reason.

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
I remember cvh back in the 70s when I was in children’s unit of cvh now riverview but back then they only keep us till 14 then we gone to the adolescent unit it was in merit hall then to Russell hall in june 1979 they moved us to the old undercliff place but it closed in 1998 along with some of the other adolescent units and merged them to rvh some day I m gonna go see the old units Russell hall undercliff and just drive thought rvh but not stop of course do any u remember the projects down near bottom of the hill of cvh I saee by google they tour them all down so yeah I remember seeing all the old buildings while I was in them places I see also the old theater is closed down on cvh grounds when I was in Russell hall we use to go there to watch old movies I only remember one it was “the good the bad and the ugly ” it was a really nice inside then and now its all run down as well did they use it for others besides us kids back then?? they got the bowling ally too I remember we use to go play there all time 2 lanes and u had ot set the pins by hand and we use to go roller skaking in the old centrol kitchen the only thing left up there was the very long dishwasher on the side the rest room was nothing in it boy I chuold go on about things we use to do while we was there

Submitted by Jen (not verified) on
Michael, you’re generally not allowed to drive through Undercliff. There’s a State Trooper who lives on the premisis. IF you still want to try, don’t ever do it on a weekday. The main hospital is in pretty rough shape (especially inside). Oh and the projects by CVH were called The Village. I remember when they tore those down, a lot of my classmates lived there.

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
well that’s nice to know u see jen I mean the main building at undercliff is where we was on the 1st floor they did use a few of the upper floors in front only well even if I had gone there I would love to get inside to see the old unit but its all boarded up and isn’t easy to get in they got video of inside it on youtube yeah a few of the upper floors that wasn’t used is in very bad shape but the units isn’t all that bad but they didn’t go on the units they gone right upstairs I even remember the room I was in in there but I also know its been closed for over 15 years I think it closed in 1998 and there was real jerk people who trash the place I don’t know why they got to do that for cant they just go in to look and not have to trash the place I hate when people do that it don’t look as if they plan to use the building anymore I didn’t know the trooper still lived there he use to when it was open anyway if I was to do that go there it be just one time only because I always told my self after I got out them places I would go visit them at less one time and I see some post on the internet kids who had gone there say ohhh its was soo bad and staff was really bad to us that’s not true there is only a issue when we misbehaved or was bad we was in there for one thing or another but also back then they didn’t know a lot about diffent disorders i have autism but they didn’t know a lot about autism back then remember many fun things we use to do at children unit and at the adolescent units and that’s the things i think about because i was happy to be there it took me out of things happing at home if u get what i mean well i felt i was better at them places then i was at home

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
so u know the autism I have is high functioning autism so I can drive and all that stuff I just happy it wasn’t low functioning autism

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
I think Owen who posted on #38 has some real issues when he turned 18 they should have transferred him from rvh to the cvh wards for the nuts I sure he fit in with other nuts very well.

Submitted by Jennifer (not verified) on
Aww… I would love to go in there.. Too bad it’s not allowed.. Actually drove by a couple of times.. It looks awesome and creepy at the same time.. Why aren’t tours allowed?? And if they are how would one go about trying to get in??

Submitted by Beth June (not verified) on
I have been visiting the cemetery for about ten years now. It is a place where I find heartbreaking peace. Photos of the cemetery: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.333746273406153.72814.286578391456275&type=3

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
im very sure u can drive thought and they not gonna say anything the roads go all around it to other parts not part of cvh its not a closed area or fenced in u jusr cant go in any of the old closed buildings I gogole map it and u see the roads go all over the place over under past thought ect ect that is a old phote shot on google map of cvh it still shows the building that burned down is still there guess they never update them someday im gonna go drive thought and also stop at Russell hall to see the old boys unit that we was on before they moved us over to undercliff in june 1979 Russell hall isn’t closed but the new adolescent unit at undercliff is closed got closed in 1998 now at undercliff don’t let them catch u there the cops watch that place all time for people trying to sneak in there I wont be trying to go there anytime soon to see the old units we was in there I don’t need any trouble with the state pigs they ones who watch that place if anyone want to see it go to youtube.com and they have many videos of undercliff outside and inside the buildings just type on Undercliff and all the videos will come up.

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
and yeah the people who took them videos at undercliff was very lucky in deed they didn’t get caught in there they WHOULD BE BUSTED for sure so if anyone desides they want to go see it “BE WARNED” u go in at UR OWN RISK and CHANCE getting caught by the STATE PIGS who GUARD that place because u never know where they will be at

Submitted by Chris (not verified) on
Connecticut Valley Hospital is not completely abandoned. It is still a functioning mental hospital. I know because I deliver there for my job. The place is full of patients just trying to get better and staff trying to help them, so if you decide to go exploring please make sure you don’t end up in someone’s hospital room. You can view the buildings, both the abandoned and occupied ones from the public roads that go around and through the grounds. They are quite beautiful old buildings and it’s a shame that they want to tare them down. And there is a juvenile prison nearby, so it should be no surprise that there are lots of cops in the area.

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
and beyond the juvenile prison did u see the riverview hospital for children on the hill chris???that is still open as well yes there are still some of the buildings for cvh is still in use Russell hall they using for other things no nuts there any more it did have old people who was bed bound who was dying on 1st floor and the adolescent units was on 2nd floor that’s how I know about the old people who was on 1st floor I was a kid on the boys unit and I remember me and another kid gone into the 1st floor unit man it smelled bad and we saw a old guy in his bed in the 1st big room of the unit with a how u say it he had a pitched tent if u get what I mean we was only in the 1st big room we didn’t go way in we left quick because we didn’t know if we get in trouble for going on that unit and get caught by staff on that unit lol I hope someday to go visit Russell hall see the old unit we was on I remember many things we did lots of fun things and I remember one day the staff called the state cops in because they was worried the kids was planning a jump the staff for the keys from them and make a break for it I was not involved in that but I do remember all the kids but me was down in the back bedroom it got the staff worried to where they got the state cops there and remove the kids from the room they got time out and straight jacket for it and yes I have been in the time out room and straight jacket many times for misbehaving

Submitted by LS77 (not verified) on
I can not believe the ignorance I have read about children who resided at the Riverview Children’s Hospital. If your opinions weren’t so obtuse, and filled with subjective reasons- I would take them more seriously. I was a “patient” at that facility in 1990. I was there because my mother allowed herself, and her boyfriends to abuse me in ways that should have landed them in jail. Abuse/Neglect of children have many consequences and “stigmas” that you people who have placed on these innocent fractured souls because of what you read or see rather than actual knowledge of what each and every child did with their lives later. You cast your stones, you judge, yet you have no idea what you are judging or throwing stones at. I am a college educated, successful woman in my mid-thirties. Above all else, I am a successful mom to two beautiful children that are honor roll students. I never attended Long Lane nor have I ever been arrested. Before you show ignorances and naivety to what “class” of children went to this hospital and what they did later- gather facts of every child and then present your argument. God Bless you and your family.

Submitted by Karen (not verified) on
Yes I would love to visit. @ Michael I was also a patient in the 70′s. Would love to visit cottage a, Merritt hall Russell hall, bowling ally. Haven’t been in Middletown since the 70′s. Would also love to hear of what became of some of the counselors

Submitted by Employeewfd (not verified) on
Being a current employee I laugh at some of these assumptions people made here. Whoever said they visited whiting with their mom. Not true. Family members don’t get access. In fact people who work in other buildings don’t even have clearance to go beyond the gates at WFD. Never worked at river view but I have seen some patients from there and it’s a great place. They also don’t train police dogs at CVH campus. Haha you people need to get real facts don’t assume or make up.

Submitted by roni (not verified) on
I’ve lived in middletown for about 8 yrs now, but my boyfriend is from middletown. I myself have been a patient at what they now call rushford, which is at the bottom near the cemetery. I have visited the cemetery and know that lizzie borden is buried there. You can find her name on the big stone plaque with all of the other patients names on it. I’m pretty sure she was hospitalized there as an older woman, and then died there, and was buried there. You will find her name on the wall. I also spent some time at. aic right across from that very old brownstone that was built in,I believe 1867 or something like that, but every time I would look at this building I would just feel the biggest feeling of sorrow for some reason. I also knew a girl that was locked up there this building was actually the very first building in ct for the criminally insane and still had chains in some rooms where they would lock patients to the walls, back then these things were done because there were not a lot of things known about mental illness so things like electric shock treatment and lobotomies were considered to be state of the art treatments even though it left the patient like a vegetable and drooling all over him/herself. Being a person with depression and living day to day life struggles with it, I can say having been on all kinds of medication when I was younger that it is much easier for me anyways to just deal with the issues myself, everyone has problems no one is perfect and we have come a long way as a society when it comes to treating people with mental illness with respect and not like an animal. We are all gods children and when we treat others like that because we somehow think oh that could never happen to me, well ur wrong. Some of the most successful people in life happen to have a mental illness like robin williams for one he is bipolar so there you go. Great guy too! Anyways the buildings are indeed very excellent examples of 19th century architecture but are also now very creepy looking whatever is left of them, most of them being torn down. Also be very careful if you do visit because yes it is state property and there are always cops waiting for trespassers.

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
YEAH @Karen i remeber the bolwing allay yeah u had to set the pins by hand there was 2 lanes so was u a kid at the adolescent unit at russel hall? if so do u remember we use to go to the old centerl kichen to go rolling skating and remember the small builden near the green house woodworking class with mr mangenie and i dont rmeember we even did any wood working just listen to music lke cats and the cradle a nd steveie wonder and we use to take ture of the greenhosue and also we gone to the old therader to watch old moives i only rememver one the good the bad and the ugly i miss rvh and adolescent unit a lot between the time outs we use to have lots of fun so i take it u was on the girls unit russell hall remember too us boys use to comer over to girls unit to watch movies and listen to music i remember i bring a few recaords disco over i still got them too with my name on them i also remember too when all the boys was clustering on trhe back bed room and the staff notice it was quutie and i notice too a nd i gone down to see where they was they tolsd me to beat it and i was glad they did too when i gone back up by staff officer there was 2 state cops there to break up the kidsin back i guess they was worryed the kids was planing to jump them and make a mass break lol i dont remember any staff names only a few kids chris who love the group kiss and jim ross and i remember too when some us got off uint without staff me and another kid gone down stairs unit under boys unit there was bed boud old fokes in there beds and one old guy was lating in his bed with a pitched tent oh also do u remember the old couple who use to cone once week to bring us buble gum boy that all sure bring back good memmerys i miss it so much wish i never had to leave there as adult life been so very hard on me i have autism so its not been very easy for me at all and thats why i wish i never left there and yeah i wonder what happen to the staff who use to watch us before i end karen was u still there when we moved from russel hall to undercliff it was june 1979 ?/ -

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
@Employeewfd some of was there as patients there wether it was on the children unit adolescent unit or one them other places i ws on the children unit of cvh now called riverview and the adolescent unit started at merit hall then to russel hall to undercliff i remember all the moves i was a kid on them but only thing was back then they didnt know very much about autism witch i have - See more at: http://www.damnedct.com/connecticut-asylum-for-the-insane/#sthash.N55KsVQ0.dpuf

Submitted by CVHEmployee (not verified) on
I also work at CVH (in forensics) and have to laugh at the many stories and rumors that stir. While we have many old buildings that are currently not being used, much of the hospital remains. I strongly urge those considering a walk on our campus to think twice. DMHAS (Department of Mental Health) has a strong police presence on the campus and those not wearing an ID will likely be stopped. Also photography is not permitted anywhere on campus (signs indicate this at all of the entrances). Plus, we have many patients with privileges to walk the grounds; it would be completely inappropriate to accidentally have pictures online of patients. @michael. You are probably referring to Young Adult Services, which is in our Merrit building. CVH is an adult-only facility and does not provide services to those under 18 (because they’re handled by DCF).

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
@CVHEmployee i know not now they dont have under 18 anymore i ment back in the 70s the adolescent uint started at merit hall i moved from childrens unit of cvh now called riverview and move to russell hall and then moved to undercliff in 79 but they closed them in the 90s and merged them all to riverview back then childrens unit of cvh rvh only kept us till 14 then we moved to one of the adolescent unit but in the 90s they clsoed all them and now rvh keeps them till 18 maybe u wasnt there back then when cvh had kids under 18 boy i remember all it very well the good times we had while there but we all was there for somereason or another what ever issue was me i have autism and yeah they didnt know very much about autism back then

Submitted by michael (not verified) on
well also we had not so good times boy i chould tell u some storys when we was at russell hall like when staff called the state cops becasue they was worry the kids was planing a mass excape and no i was not involded in it i was only one not in back room but when i gone back up by staff office i saw the cops standing there getting infor from staff and just read some my other post here about thnigs we did when we was there at russell hall

Submitted by Johnny Timewarp (not verified) on
Just read a blog entry for this article dated January 16, 2014…Lizzie Borden was never a patient at CVH and is actually buried with her sister and murdered parents in Fall River, Massachusetts…

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