350 Pee Dee Avenue
Suite 101
Albemarle NC 28001
(866) 272-7826


Website: ~ Helping Dreams Take Flight
Service areas: Over 45 North Carolina counties

We believe in people, even when they may not believe in themselves. We believe that people living with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use challenges deserve the chance to define themselves not by their diagnoses, but by their dreams.

History: Established in 1958, Monarch is a nonprofit organization that provides innovative supports statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. Through telepsychiatry, same day outpatient services, crisis services, including mobile crisis – and North Carolina’s first of its kind SECU Youth Crisis Center for children and teens ages 6-17 – we offer quality treatment when people need it most.

Mission: Monarch is committed to supporting, educating, and empowering people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders to choose and achieve what is important to them.

In 2018, Monarch celebrated its 60th anniversary with a long list of special events and exciting activities throughout North Carolina the entire year for people supported, families, board members, staff, donors and community partners. Pictured: Monarch’s Board of Directors.
Monarch President/CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune visits one of the organization’s vocational day programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Monarch’s programs include creative arts, educational, volunteer activities and programming centered on the interests of the participants. Dr. Terhune learns more about the program’s gift shop from Alan Boone, a longtime participant of one of Monarch’s day programs.
Monarch hosted an event on Jan. 31 to celebrate the opening of the SECU Youth Crisis Center, a Monarch program – and first of its kind in North Carolina. Approximately 200 attendees including Monarch staff, community partners, Monarch board members, state and local elected officials, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services representatives, large delegations from the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) and Cardinal Innovations Healthcare also attended a much-anticipated crisis center dedication.

Monarch’s day programs, residential, educational, employment and community services provide person-centered options to help people learn, grow, work and heal. Monarch is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission. The organization operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides quality support, to schedule an appointment or make a referral, please call (866) 272-7826 or visit to find a Monarch location near you.