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Personality Disorders Center

For patients who are struggling with intense emotions, erratic changes in mood or harmful behaviors

Some people experience difficult situations in life and move forward despite the hardships. Others who experience similar situations feel intense negative emotions that may lead to harmful behaviors.

For those patients, we offer treatment with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a highly-structured form of behavioral therapy that was designed to provide the skills necessary to regulate emotions, control destructive behaviors and improve interpersonal relations. “Dialectical” refers to the integration of opposites, in this case finding balance between acceptance and change. DBT helps a person accept distress in life by providing tools to make positive behavioral changes and feel at peace with their reality.

What we treat

DBT was originally developed to treat people with borderline personality disorder who were chronically suicidal. But research has shown it is also effective in the treatment of other mental health problems, such as anxiety, substance use and behaviors that threaten individual safety, relationships or emotional well-being.

The disorders we treat at the Center include:

Anxiety disorders
The persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things.
Persistent feelings of pervasive sadness, hopelessness and helplessness that interfere with thinking and daily activities.
The intentional and repeated physical harm of oneself.
Borderline Personality Disorder
A condition with a variety of symptoms that can include instability in mood, self-image and personal relationships, and often self-harming behaviors.
Substance use disorders
The compulsive or difficult-to-control use of drugs or alcohol despite negative or harmful consequences.
Levels of Care

We offer three levels of care that correspond with each patient’s level of need.

Inpatient treatment is the most intensive form of care, indicated for a phase of illness that requires medical intervention for symptom reduction and stabilization. When a patient is at risk for self-harm or destructive behavior inpatient care may be necessary prior to admittance to the DBT Center. The inpatient program at Silver Hill offers a high clinician-to-patient ratio so that each patient can receive the individual attention he or she requires, and be prepared for subsequent levels of care.

Transitional Living
After patients are stabilized, they can continue treatment on an extended basis in our transitional living program, where they live on the Silver Hill campus in a house that is staffed 24-hours a day with DBT-trained personnel.

Intensive Outpatient
The third level of care is outpatient treatment. We offer several intensive outpatient programs in which patients live at home and come to Silver Hill for treatment.

Fees for Treatment

Inpatient treatment
Inpatient treatment is generally covered by health insurance.  Silver Hill Hospital participates in the following insurance or behavioral health managed care organizations:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Plans other states
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • Magellan Behavioral Health (Yale employees)
  • Managed Health Network
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • United Health Care/Oxford Health Plans (United Behavioral Health)
  • Value Options
  • Yale Health Plan (Yale students)
  • Transitional Living Program
    Transitional living programs are not typically covered by health insurance plans, and are most often a direct expense for patients or their families. Some insurance policies may cover a portion of the cost. Our staff will help you determine whether you may have benefits that will allow coverage for this program and, if you do, we will seek authorization from your insurance company to use your benefit.

    Intensive Outpatient Treatment
    Silver Hill Hospital participates in many insurance and managed care networks that provide coverage for intensive outpatient services. We require payment, prior to discharge, to cover anticipated co-payments, deductibles or co-insurance for which the patient and/or guarantor is financially responsible. Our Admissions Staff can help you determine your insurance benefits.

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