What We Do


Multiple, highly publicized incidents have made mental illness a national conversation and a major public health concern. Guardian Ad Litem Services is a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of people living with mental illness throughout Connecticut. We serve some of the most vulnerable people living in our communities. Best known for our signature program, Melissa’s Project, our team helps make the dreams and goals of our clients, and their families, more attainable.

Our Mission

"Improve supportive services to individuals and community provider agencies in order to increase the effectiveness of services afforded to persons in need."

Our History

Guardian Ad Litem Services is the result of collaboration, trust, and partnership.

In 2001, a steering committee was formed in Connecticut. Its team consisted of individuals representing:
  • The Probate Court Administration
  • Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • The Chief Forensic Pyschiatrist's Office
  • Yale University

Their goal was to improve services for people living with mental illness. They sought to end the "revolving door” of voluntary and involuntary admission to private hospitals, arrests, incarcerations and emergency room visits while reducing care costs to individuals and state agencies.

The Guardian Model© was born. Results followed.