Community, Medical, and Mental Health Resources

N.C. Lawyers’ Referral Service (800) 662-7660
A free service to help locate attorneys in NC by area of practice and city.

Veterans Services
Buncombe County (Asheville) - (828)250-5726
Haywood County (Waynesville) - 828.452.6634

Workers’ Compensation Resources

North Carolina Industrial Commission
(800) 688-8349 or (919) 807-2500

North Carolina Advocates for Justice
(800) 688-1413

Social Security Resources

Social Security Administration or (800) 772-1213

District Offices in WNC
Asheville (866) 572-8361
Hendersonville (866) 964-5053
Franklin (866) 522-0738
Shelby (877) 405-3576
Hickory (888) 877-1615
Spartanburg, SC (866) 701-6620

NC Medicaid Resources
Department of Health & Human Services-Medicaid
Department of Social Services (DSS) Offices in Western North Carolina
to apply for Medicaid, Food Stamps and other public assistance.

Avery  (828) 733-8230

Buncombe  (828) 250-5500

Cherokee  (828) 837-7455

Clay  (828) 389-6301

Cleveland  (704) 487-0661

Graham  (828) 479-7911

Haywood  (828) 452-6620

Henderson  (828) 697-5500

Jackson  (828) 586-5546

Macon  (828) 349-2124

Madison  (828) 649-0697

McDowell  (828) 652-3355

Mitchell  (828) 688-2175

Polk (828) 859-2100

Rutherford  (828) 287-6165

Swain  (828) 488-6921

Transylvania  (828) 884-3174

Watauga  (828) 265-8100

Yancey (828) 682-5397

Community Resources

Vaya Health  - Call 1-800-849-6127 toll free 24/7 to obtain services and support for mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse. Vaya Health is a public managed care organization (MCO) that oversees Medicaid, federal, state and local funding for services and supports related to mental health, substance use and intellectual/ developmental disability (IDD) needs. They operate in 23 western North Carolina counties.  Learn more by calling them or going to

United Way’s 211 Helpline
This free, 24-hour number provides information about access to community services in Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania counties.

Pisgah Legal Services (828) 253-0406 or (800) 489-6144
This nonprofit organization offers legal assistance, advocacy and outreach to help low-income people meet basic needs.

Homeward Bound (828) 258-1695
This program offers a variety of services to the homeless population of WNC.

Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) 828-285-0622
Minnie Jones Clinic, 257 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801   (free physical and mental health services) To become a patient you must complete an enrollment form & submit by mail or fax

Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries (ABCCM)  828-259-5339
155 Livingston St., Asheville, NC 28801 (They host a free walk-in clinic and provide certain prescription drugs free of charge)

Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS) 828-692-4289
A federally qualified health center. Free/reduced physical and mental services to all WNC residents. Clinics in Hendersonville and Brevard.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) in NC   855-733-3711
Call to schedule appointment for one-on-one assistance to learn about and possibly enroll
in ACA health insurance and Medicaid

Project Access - Buncombe County residents ONLY  828-274-6989
A program of the Western Carolina Medical Society that provides free medical treatment and a prescription program to eligible patients.  Call their office for more information.

NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 828-670-3377
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services to people with disabilities.Offices located in Asheville, Boone, Brevard, Charlotte, Flat Rock, Forest City, Gastonia, Hickory, Lenoir, Lincolnton, Marion, Marshall, Morganton, Murphy, Newland, Salisbury, Shelby, Sylva & Waynesville.

Eblen Charities 828-255-3066
Temporary and one-time assistance with utilities, food, medical, heating fuel, etc