Young Adult Medical Track

Being a young adult in today’s society presents many challenges.

Help for young adults and families managing medical and mental health issuesYoung adults often have trouble navigating the transition to adult roles, including shifting responsibilities and relationships. When they are also managing significant medical conditions, they face challenges that are highly unique and can be difficult to manage.

Often, these can be effectively addressed with support and care from family, friends and the medical community. At times, however, significant medical conditions are associated with mental health challenges. Left unaddressed or inadequately treated, this combination often leads to worsening psychiatric symptoms. At the same time, unaddressed mental health issues like depression or anxiety can make it harder for young adults to ensure their medical needs are met.

Mental and physical health may seem vastly different, but they are intrinsically related and particularly important to address together in young adults. This makes the integration of care and support for both the body and mind extremely important.


The Program

Young adults (ages 18-26) with medical and mental health issues can find the care they need at the Young Adult Medical Track, a unique and compassionate intensive outpatient program offered at the Institute of Living (IOL). The program’s goal is to support patients as they seek fulfilling, meaningful lives.

This is primarily a group therapy program that includes individual therapy, family therapy and medication management. Patients will find support from peers facing similar struggles, and can explore any losses and limitations caused by their medical conditions, while staying focused on the future.

One of only a few such programs in the country, the Young Adult Medical Track program is staffed by a skilled team of psychiatrists, psychologists and nurses trained to tailor treatment to the physical and emotional needs of each client. From admission to discharge, the team works collaboratively with the young adult’s existing medical and psychiatric providers, and will help connect the patient with follow-up care if needed.

Patients attend three groups a day for six to eight weeks. Program days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, starting at 10 a.m.


Supporting Complex Medical Needs

We are here to help young adults and families managing medical conditions and chronic illnesses such as:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Rheumatologic and autoimmune diseases
  • Seizures
  • Transplant or other surgeries
     
  • Any medical condition affecting behavioral functioning or relationships

The Team

David Bendor, PsyD, clinical coordinator

A licensed clinical psychologist with Young Adult Services since 2011, Dr. Bendor received his doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the IOL. Before joining the IOL staff, he worked at Riverside Community Care in Newton, Mass., where he treated children, adolescents and adults in an outpatient setting. In addition, Dr. Bendor was a member of the Newton Youth Outreach Program, Needham Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Riverside Community Care Statewide Trauma Center.

Lorraine Moustakakis, RN, nurse/case manager

Lorraine is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara. She has a background in non-profit administration and community outreach, and she has worked as a public schools educator. Lorraine’s medical background includes working at Hartford Hospital and on the psychiatric child and adolescent inpatient units at the IOL. She received the Professional Practice Award in Ethics from Hartford Hospital.

Elyse Rosenberg, PhD, post-doctoral psychology fellow

Dr. Rosenberg received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Living/Connecticut Children's Medical Center. She has experience providing outpatient individual and group therapy and psychiatric inpatient services for children, adolescents and adults. She is interested in health psychology, including working with adolescents, young adults, families and multidisciplinary teams to provide services for people with co-occurring medical and psychiatric challenges.

Samira Solomon, MD, attending psychiatrist

Dr. Solomon completed her medical training at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She went on to her psychiatric training at the IOL where she also served as chief resident in her final year. After residency, she pursued additional training through a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry fellowship at Hartford Hospital. She has worked as a consultation psychiatrist at Hartford Hospital for the past three years. In addition to her clinical role, she is the associate program director for the Adult Psychiatry Residency.


Contact Us

Young Adult Medical Track
The Institute of Living
Netherwood Building
200 Retreat Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: 860.545.7008

Young Adult Medical Track

  • The IOL Assessment Center

    If you are interested in attending any of the programs provided through YAS or for referral information please call The Institute of Living’s Assessment Center, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week:

    Phone: 860.545.7200
    Toll Free: 800.673.2411

    For General Information, select Option #1
    For Referrals, select Option #3