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Providing Care for the Whole Person.

At the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, we work with individuals with serious mental illness and their families to provide evidence-based treatment and support meaningful and productive lives. We focus on early identification and prevention, sustained recovery, and proven clinical and recovery treatment. Care is provided by multidisciplinary teams, including UNC psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors, nurses and other mental health professionals. We emphasize the integration of psychiatric and medical care.

Clinical Services

Care and treatment to adolescents and young adults from 15-30 years of age with recent onset psychosis, or individuals at risk for psychosis.

STEP Mental Health Clinics
Helping individuals and families, dealing with schizophrenia while making strides toward health and recovery.

Community Comprehensive Mental Health Clinic
Outpatient mental health evaluation and treatment for adults, including those with co-occurring substance use, mental illness and physical illness.

Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care
Developing models of integrated care for people with mental illness, which will improve health outcomes and quality of life, while reducing overall costs.

Individual and Group Therapy
Evidence-based behavioral individual and group therapy for individuals with mental illness with clinicians with access to world-class behavioral research.

Tailored Care Management
A program created for Medicaid recipients who have been identified as having needs related to a behavioral health diagnosis.

REACH Enhanced Primary Care
Dedicated to meeting the primary health care needs of North Carolinians with severe mental illness, and helping connect individuals coming out of incarceration with essential medical services.

Wellness on Wheels
A free health and wellness mobile clinic, operated by nurses from the UNC School of Nursing, for individuals of low-income areas in Wake County.

Community Services

Assertive Community Treatment
Providing transition support for individuals with severe mental illness as they move from a facility to living in the community.

Community Resource Court
Assist individuals who have been diagnosed with mental disorders and become defendants in the court system.

Help individual who are chronically homeless or at risk for homelessness, thrive in the community.

IPS Supported Employment
Assist individuals with serious mental illness who want to find and to maintain a job.

Food Assistance Programs
Assisting individuals and families meet food insecurity needs with locally sourced meals and a community pantry.

An affordable housing option for people with mental illness and other health conditions living on a fixed income.

Recovery Services

Farm at Penny Lane
A 40 acre facility that is home to holistic and sustainable alternative recovery programs. Includes a large growing area, heritage-breed chickens, beehives, a learning kitchen and walking trail.

Current Recovery Programs
Weekly group-based activities hosted by the UNC Farm at Penny Lane, focused around promoting overall health and well-being for adults living with serious mental health.

Brushes with Life Arts Program
A creative arts program for individuals with mental illness utilizing creative art practices to promote healing and recovery.

Bunny Village
A space where rabbits are available as an aid in client therapy sessions as emotional support for those involved with The Farm at Penny Lane.

Horticultural Therapy Program
A complementary therapy using plants and gardening to promote health and wellness.

PAWS: Peer Assisted Wellness Support
Innovative recovery program where clients train shelter dogs in performing basic obedience skills, with dogs ultimately being placed in forever homes.