We help you take ownership
of your life


We’ve been providing behavioral health treatment for our communities for over one hundred years. And while their needs have changed, we’ve stayed true to the roots of our care: relationships driven by compassion and critical intervention. Relationships that empower the courage and ability to change.


Programs & Services


Hartford Dispensary provides a continuum of behavioral healthcare services to help individuals struggling with substance abuse or psychiatric illness. Counselors work with each patient to develop an individualized recovery plan which is based on the unique strengths, needs, abilities and preferences of each person served. Recovery services include:


Medication Assisted Treatment

Individual, group and family counseling

Intensive Outpatient Program

Pregnancy program

Psychiatric evaluations

Co-occurring treatment

Medical services

Primary care/dental services



Breathalyzer & substance abuse testing

Infectious disease services

HIV/AIDS, hepatitis A & B vaccinations

Gender-specific services

Spanish bi-lingual/bicultural services

Referrals to vocational/educational testing

Specialized referral services

Discharge planning


For Patients

Using proven, evidence-based methods of recovery, we meet you where you are and guide you to where you want to be. Recovery isn’t entirely predictable or easy. In our work together, every step forward affirms your ability to reach your goals and sustain your progress. You can come to know your own source of strength, and to share it with the people you care about most.


Criteria for admission

For methadone treatment, applicants must be 18 years old, with at least one year of opioid/opiate dependence history, and be prepared to provide a urine sample at time of initial assessment. The clinic physician makes the final determination to accept a patient into methadone treatment.

For other forms of substance abuse or mental health treatment, an initial assessment will be completed and appropriate level of care will be identified and established as applicable. 

What you'll need to bring to your first appointment

  • Proof of current address
  • Copy of Drivers License or other photo ID with DOB
  • Copy of Social Security Card or Verification of Social Security Number
  • Treatment history/medical referral/hospital discharge
  • Insurance information


Hartford Dispensary recognizes that its greatest and most valuable asset is its workforce, and we are committed to making every effort to provide a rewarding work environment, including opportunities for growth and development.


We are now accepting internship applications for the Fall/Spring 2018-2019 internship year and have internship opportunities throughout our various clinic locations across Connecticut. Please submit your resume and cover letter to Ashley.Ouellette@hdisp.org.


Hartford Dispensary is committed to hiring and retaining top talent.  For all benefit eligible employees (20+ hours/week), we offer a prestigious employment package that includes competitive compensation plus a comprehensive array of benefits including:

  • Health Insurance & Dental Insurance
  • Voluntary Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and AD&D - 100% paid by Hartford Dispensary
  • Short-Term Disability - 100% paid by Hartford Dispensary
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with a 5% employer match after 6 months of employment and 10% employer match after 2 years of employment

Career Advancement

We offer many ways to develop and explore opportunities to grow personally and professionally through continuing education, internal training, and our Professional Growth benefit which includes:

  • Training reimbursement allotment per fiscal year to utilize for continuing education, certification and license renewals, tuition reimbursement, and three (3) paid training days per year for educational activities and conferences.

Work Life Balance

  • Flexibility: Great work life balance with clinics closed on Sundays.
  • No current on-call responsibilities.
  • Time off including vacation, personal, sick time, and twelve (12) paid holidays.

 Hartford Dispensary is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/Disability/Veteran.

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About Us

Hartford Dispensary is a private, non-profit, behavioral healthcare organization providing mental health and substance abuse treatment, prevention, community health services and research. The agency was originally established in 1871 as an outpatient medical facility chartered specifically to provide medical and dental services to people in the greater Hartford area who would not otherwise be able to afford them.

After a long and distinguished history of providing traditional medical, surgical, dental and social services, the agency changed its focus in 1971 to the delivery of outpatient behavioral health care services. Since that time, the agency has developed medication assisted treatment services, substance abuse prevention programs, mental health services, and infectious disease services. For many years, the agency has actively participated in pharmacological and behavioral research protocols. Since its inception, the agency has collaborated with other community and state programs to ensure timely and appropriate referrals for patients to specialized services in the community.

We treat over 5,500 patients per day within our network of ten clinics at nine statewide locations in Manchester, Hartford (2 clinics + primary/dental care), New Britain, Bristol, New London, Norwich, Willimantic and Torrington.



Honor the power in everyone

Progress is the destination

Renew ourselves to share our strength

Embrace new perspectives


Contact Us

For more information about our services or to ask other questions, please write to us using the form below. For those seeking a career at Hartford Dispensary, please search and apply for positions at our Career Opportunities page.

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