In affiliation with the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Hospital

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.

About Us

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 abuse treatment.


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.