Founded by private citizens of East Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere, Massachusetts in 1959, North Suffolk Community Services began with a mission of providing mental health services to individuals, and especially children, in these relatively underserved communities. It operated first as a Child Guidance Center in 1963, then grew into a Community Mental Health Center from the 1960’s through the 1970’s as Federal and State policies provided less institutional care and more support for community-based services. North Suffolk continued to grow in the number and types of services through the 1980s and 1990s to become one of the largest providers in the state. Today, North Suffolk Community Services touches the lives of more than 10,000 people a year. Our staff of 900 assists families, children and individuals in 4 clinics, 38 residences and 74 programs.
North Suffolk Community Services supports individuals and families in their pursuit of independence and stability by providing a comprehensive array of treatment and recovery services. Our approach is to intervene as early as possible; incorporate personal choices and promote prevention and education.
North Suffolk Community Services promotes health and wellness through accessible and equitable early intervention, treatment, education and advocacy so that all residents of the communities we serve may live fulfilling lives.
We believe that our organization is most effective when we treat the individuals we serve with dignity, cultural competence, compassion and excellence. To engage the individuals and families we serve effectively, we must acknowledge their strengths and understand their history. Every interaction must demonstrate respect for each person’s culture, preferences, and goals. These values begin internally, with how we treat each other and our colleagues.