Founded in 1984, Laurel House has its roots in the “clubhouse” model, a comprehensive self-help approach developed in the era of deinstitutionalization, when thousands of people with serious mental illness found themselves thrust into community settings without adequate income, housing, jobs, education, living skills, and supportive networks. Since then, Laurel House has implemented a variety of mental health programs that offer individuals the opportunity to participate in a supportive community that addresses these needs, while also affording them with opportunities for an improved quality of life, greater self-sufficiency and engagement in their local communities.

Laurel House embraces a recovery model of care in our mental health programs to help those affected by mental illness in Connecticut. Utilizing its Resources to Recover approach, Laurel House emphasizes services that help people reintegrate in their communities with improved skills, health, and confidence.