Improving Mental Health for Everyone

We help people experiencing mental illness and substance use disorder in the greater Charlottesville area live self-directed lives in their home communities.


We provide intensive, flexible, and comprehensive assistance to help people living with mental illness meet their recovery goals.

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Sometimes this looks like helping people access clinical services at the appropriate level of care, but more often it looks like helping people improve their social determinants of health and increase their inclusion within their communities.

We have formal agreements to accept referrals for this service from the Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Emergency response/CARS/HART team, ACRJ (the regional jail), and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Mental Health Therapeutic Docket.


We believe that all Virginians deserve an anti-racist mental health service system that is easily accessible and provides the full continuum of evidence-based and person-centered care.

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Through consultation with state agencies, we advocate for the reform of Virginia’s mental health care system. We also work locally and at the state level to prevent the incarceration and hospitalization of people with serious mental illness in various capacities, including:


  • Chairing Mental Health America’s statewide Public Policy Committee
  • Serving on the Board of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Mental Health Therapeutic Docket and offering navigation services for participants
  • Participating in the local Crisis Intervention Team
  • Private-public partnership with Albemarle County Social Services on the Human Alternative Response Team (HART)
  • Re-entry navigation services through a contract with Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail


We provide educational opportunities to increase the community’s ability to be a place where people with mental illness can live self-directed lives.

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We are happy to lead a lead a workshop, give a lecture, or participate on a panel related to building communities best able to support citizens living with mental illness. We are also available to help your organization, faith community, social group, school, or workplace assess its ability to support your members with mental illness and improve your practices and policies to increase inclusivity.

Please email us at to inquire about these opportunities.

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HART made local newsradio WINA 98.9FM!

HART made local newsradio WINA 98.9FM!

"The Human Services Alternative Response Team is having an impact in our community by serving those with behavioral and mental health challenges. Details on their impact are in the 2023 ACPD Annual Report." Check out the radio show recording here.

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