In affiliation with the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge
North Charles provides services to people at a point in their lives when they need
it most, and empowers those same people to regain control over their own lives and
reenter the community as productive and fully realized citizens. Since 1971, when
North Charles was founded as an independent non-profit partner of the Department
of Psychiatry at the Cambridge City Hospital we have pursued this mission in a number
of unique and innovative ways.
Through accessible, high quality and affordable counseling, research and training
programs we have served thousands of people from the Cambridge, Somerville and Greater
Boston communities. North Charles opened the first psychiatric day treatment center
in the United States in the early 1970’s. Addiction treatment services soon followed.
We have provided third part billing services to other entities and our research
services have answered vital questions about the needs for and efficacy of substance
The 1990’s were a period when our program mix broadened to include a wide range of
community based services for mentally ill adults.
Our Adult Residential programs provided safe, affordable housing in the community
for individuals suffering from severe and chronic mental illnesses.
The Cambridge/Somerville Social Club offered a warm and friendly informal environment
where members suffering from severe mental illnesses could socialize, take part in
a community meal and move forward with their recovery.
The Community Career Links program provided individuals suffering from mental illness
the opportunity to learn employment skills and be matched up with a job and continued
support to assist them in entering the workforce.
This web site is dedicated to all the employees of North Charles, past and present
who have committed themselves to helping some of the most vulnerable citizens of
our communities live safe and productive lives. In particular we would like to offer
special thanks to those employees who lost their jobs between the fall of 2008 and
the summer of 2009 due to the state budget cuts and restructuring. None of you deserved
to lose your jobs. You all did amazing work and it is remembered and appreciated
by everyone you helped along the way. Thank you.