History of Eliot

Eliot has a long and rich history of providing community-based services since the early 1960’s

Originally a child guidance institute called the Walden Clinic, Eliot was founded by Abigail Eliot, a Concord resident and well known innovator in early childhood education.

In the 1970’s, with the passage of the Community Health Act and the deinstitutionalization of adults in state mental hospitals, the agency received state and federal funding for expanding its service delivery system to include community programming for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. As a result, the agency changed its name to the Eliot Community Mental Health Center and further amplified its scope of services to include residential and day treatment services for individuals with mental illness as well individuals with developmental disabilities.

In 1992, Eliot merged with Community Human Services, a mental health agency founded in 1957, forming Eliot Community Human Services.

In 1995, the Department of Youth Services awarded Eliot its first contracts to provide residential treatment for adolescents. In 1997 Eliot also received funding to serve children referred by the Department of Children and Families. Since that time, our youth programming has experienced significant growth in scope and size through additional contract awards.

In 2007,  Tri-City Mental Health Center, a statewide non-profit organization providing behavioral health and other specialized services, merged with Eliot.

In 2008, Bread & Jams, Inc., a non-profit organization that has been serving the homeless in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 1989, merged with Eliot. Today our network spans the entire Commonwealth providing services to over 30,000 individuals each year.