About CRi

Our History

CRi, formally Community Residences, Inc., began in 1975 when a group of Arlington families, faith groups and government leaders worked with Arlington County to charter an independent nonprofit agency that would bring together & expand efforts to help people with mental health and/or developmental disabilities to live & work in their own local communities.

At its outset, Arlington Community Residences (as it was initially known) stood at the forefront of the growing community integration movement. This grass-roots, family-driven effort sought to create community-based alternatives to the institutionalization of people with mental health or intellectual disabilities.

As the community integration movement grew & the demand for community-based alternatives expanded, Arlington Community Residences became Community Residences when services were initiated throughout Northern Virginia, the Richmond area & in Maryland. Expansion was not only geographic -- CRi also began to offer case management & transitional support for people who were homeless, residential youth services, day programs for adult with developmental disabilities, & home-based clinical & practical support for people living on their own.

Over the past four decades, thousands of individuals have been supported by CRi. That tradition continues with individualized supports providing for fulfilling, high-quality lives of choice & maximum independence.

Let’s take a journey to highlight some of the biggest achievements in our industry, community & beyond...

1960

1960 - President John F Kennedy launches a panel to move away from institutionalization and toward community-based supports.

1965

1965 – Passage of Medicaid incentivizes states to move patients out of state mental hospitals into nursing homes and hospitals. Medicaid excludes coverage for people in “institutions for mental diseases”

1975

1975 – On Nov. 29, 1975, then-President Gerald Ford signed into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142, now called IDEA).

1975

1975 - Arlington Community Residences, Inc. (ACRI) was established to manage existing group residences and expand in Arlington County, Virginia and opened our first supervised group home in Virginia for perople with mental illness, which became a model program for other communities in VA and beyond.

1977

1977 – CR’s first group home supporting people with Intellectual Disabilities is established at N. 22nd Road, serving 12 individuals.

1978

1978 - Added three independent apartments for individuals with mental illness & hired a counselor to serve people in independent settings.

1982

1982 – The first ICF of its kind in Virginia, is opened to support individuals dually diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities and mental illness

1983

1983 – Mental Health Crisis Stabilization program opens and is recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health.

1984

1984 – Community Living Program is established in Arlington to help adults with mental illness live independently in the community.

1988

1988 – The first group home opens in Richmond, Virginia for people with Intellectual Disabilities.

1992

1992 – Mental Health evaluations & services begin in the state of Maryland. This paves the way for progressive mental health awareness & reform.

2011

2011 – CR opens the Newbrook Place Day Program for people with Intellectual Disabilities and/or complex behavioral needs.

2013

2013 – Virginia settles with the Department of Justice to provide more community-based services for people with Intellectual Disabilities. Virginia decides to close its Training Centers, providing more opportunities for people to live independently in their own communities through organizations such as CR.

2016

2016 - CR's Day Program expands, offering Integrated Community Services to spend the full day in the community.

2018

October 2018 - Community Residences evaluates Strategic Framework & launches a new brand & website to better serve the local community & beyond. Community Residences is now known as CRi, promoting choice, respect & independence for all.