Community Specialty Programs in North Carolina

RHA Health Services in North Carolina recognizes resources that enhance the quality of life can have a dramatic effect on a person’s health. Our Community Specialty Programs aim to address “whole person” care needs, which in addition to monitoring health, may include help with employment, education, cultural needs, safe housing, and other social and economic factors that impact a person’s health.

Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT)

Assertive Community Treatment Team services use a team of mental health professionals to offer a full range of support services to people with serious behavioral health needs. ACTT promotes rehabilitation and independence by teaching people the coping skills needed to live in their own communities safely and productively, engaging them in normal daily routines and healthy social interactions. People receiving ACTT services often experience significant reductions in crisis situations such as homelessness, incarceration or repeated hospitalizations.

Community Support Team Services (CST)

The goal of Community Support Services is to empower people to realize their strengths, integrate into their communities, and build the confidence to become their own best advocates. Service users receive intensive community-based mental health and/or substance use rehabilitative services that not only provide treatment but also help improve a person’s quality of living through increased coping skills, better social supports, improved symptom and medication management, finding employment, and reduced occurrence of crisis situations such as hospitalization or incarceration.


The programs provide home and community based services to adults 18 and older who are at risk of being placed in a nursing facility because of their medical needs. We coordinate programs that allow them to stay home with their families instead of being placed in institutional care. RHA provides Case Management, home modification and mobility aids, assistive technology, adult day health and transition services.


The program provides home and community based services to medically fragile children under age 21 in North Carolina. These children are at risk for long term hospital care because of their medical needs and CAP/C provides in-home programs that allow them to stay home with their families. Examples of those that might be eligible for CAP/C are those with ventilators, tracheostomies, feeding tubes, and those experiencing severe seizures. It is also available to those that need help with activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting when they are not able to do or learn these tasks independently because of their medical needs.

Day Services

These services are offered in non-residential settings and are focused on helping people reach their highest level of functioning. Improvements in self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills are important goals. Day supports serve to strengthen the skills learned in school or in physical, occupational, or speech therapies. Day services may focus on pre-vocational activities such as improving attention span, motor skills, attendance, and the completion of assigned tasks.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services/BH

By employing deaf professionals, RHA ensures that the unique needs of the deaf community and deaf culture are respected and integrated into all services, including mental health and employment services.  Our services are designed to offer support to people who are deaf and/or hard of hearing as they seek to establish stable living arrangements, learn new skills and information, find helpful resources, and gain meaningful employment.  We believe that people should be as independent as possible in their lives, while receiving the support they need to be successful in reaching their goals.

Intensive In-Home Services (IIHS)

Intensive In-Home Therapeutic Services are time-limited therapeutic intervention services for youth who are at high risk of placement in professional treatment centers or foster care due to serious behavioral health challenges. IIH Services seek to prevent these out-of-home placements when possible and preserve normal family living arrangements through the use of in-home supports. Intensive case management and monitoring, therapy and substance use treatment, and family counseling are some of the supports that can be provided depending on the child’s level of need.

Early Childhood Development/Anson Children’s Center

Previously known as Anson Developmental Day, Anson Children’s Center is a unique center-based program for typically developing and special needs children from birth to five years old. It is a five-star licensed day care center and is ranked in the top 25th percent of North Carolina’s childcare centers. Anson participates in an integral partnership with the Early Childhood Education and Special Education programs of South Piedmont Community College and UNC-Chapel Hill.

In-Home Therapy

In-Home Therapy Services are for children who are not at such high risk of out-of-home placement but who do require a high level of services to prevent them from escalating to the point of needing the most intensive, out-of-home care.

Developmental Therapy

RHA shapes this developmental intervention service to fit the unique needs of each child or adult service user. Developmental therapy offers instruction and training to assist in the building of skills not acquired during the developmental stages of life. For children, these activities may include self-help, language and cognitive development, and psychosocial skills. For adults, areas of focus may include self-care and living independently, learning to navigate one’s environment with limited mobility, socialization skills, and self-advocacy.

Peer Support Services (PSS)

On the path to recovery, it helps to have the support of someone who has been there before.  That’s where RHA Peer Support Specialists can help.  Peer Support Specialists are persons with mental illness and/or addiction who have completed at least 40 hours of intensive Peer Support training and have demonstrated resiliency and success in their own personal recovery efforts.  Because of this, they can offer special insight as they help others in recovery build self-advocacy skills, learn to better manage their mental health needs/addiction, and find housing, employment, or education.  Peer Support Specialists can also help people in recovery develop their Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), which focuses on life goals, crisis planning, and relapse prevention.

Personal Care/Assistance Services

When the people we support need help with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation and eating, and care of personal hygiene, our direct care professionals can offer support for these activities.

Prevention Services

The RHA Prevention Resource Centers, formerly known as Addiction, Recovery & Prevention (ARP), offer expertise in designing and implementing drug use prevention services for youth, families and communities across Western North Carolina. We focus on decreasing risk, building protective factors in youth and families, and empowering communities to prevent and treat addiction. Our prevention programs are built around the six strategies developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These effective prevention strategies are: 1) information dissemination, 2) prevention education, 3) positive alternatives, 4) environmental change, 5) community-based processes and 6) problem identification and referral services. Please visit to learn more.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR)

RHA Psychosocial Rehabilitation programs are designed to help adults with behavioral health challenges increase their ability to live independently, minimizing their need for ongoing professional intervention.  We help people set and pursue their own personal goals and implement steps to better manage their illness and their everyday lives.  Self-advocacy, management of personal care and daily living, pre-vocational activities, and supported employment are just some of the features our PSRs can offer.

Respite Services – I/DD & Co-Occurring

Everyone needs a break now and then.  We understand and can help.  Our respite services allow you to have that night out or afternoon outing without worrying.  RHA respite services are available either at a person’s home or at one of our respite centers.  Through respite services, we offer caregivers temporary relief and rest while ensuring a high level of care provided by skilled and compassionate professionals.

Tenancy Support Team (TST)/ Transition Management Services (TMS)

Tenancy Support Team/Transition Management Services is a rehabilitation service intended to help people live more independently within their own communities by maintaining tenancy.  RHA offers discreet housing support to people with mental health needs and/or substance use challenges who are experiencing difficulty in maintaining tenancy due to these conditions.

Tar River Center ( Pediatric Unit For Medically Fragile Children)

Located in Greenville, North Carolina, the Tar River Center is a unique pediatric unit for children with complex medical needs providing 24 hour continual medical monitoring and technological support. We offer nursing and daily care for birth-related complications, premature births, congenital defects, brain injuries and traumas. This program is a teaching partnership with the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, and a leader in providing state-of-the-art services.

C3 Comprehensive Care Centers

RHA has partnered with local MCOs and other community agencies to open two Behavioral Health Comprehensive Care Centers in Western North Carolina. These C3 centers offer a full continuum of crisis services, intervention, prevention and outpatient care for mental health, substance use and developmental disabilities. The goal of the C3 Centers is to facilitate healthy recovery and wellness through a seamless continuity of care for all persons seeking treatment. People can receive crisis stabilization, evaluation/assessment, outpatient care, psychiatric medication from an on-site pharmacy, and peer support services all in one location. To learn more about this exciting new integrated care option in behavioral health treatment and recovery services, please visit C3356 Comprehensive Center.

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