Thava Mahadevan, M.S. LCAS.
Director of Operations, UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health
Executive Director XDS Inc.
Mr. Mahadevan is a clinical faculty with the department of Psychiatry and Director of Operations for the UNC Center for Excellence in community mental health. The Center is based at the UNC school of medicine and provides community based services to approximately 2000 individuals with serious mental health conditions, addictive disorders and Intellectual & developmental disabilities in the triangle area.
Mr. Mahadevan is also the founder and executive director of XDS, Inc., a North Carolina nonprofit organization based in Chatham county. With more than 25 years of public mental health experience working with individuals with multiple disabilities, he has extensive knowledge in designing and implementing innovative community based treatment programs. Trained in rehabilitation counseling & psychology, he received a master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill and he is also a licensed clinical addiction specialist. Mr. Mahadevan is the founder of Farm at Penny lane, a health and wellness and recovery initiative that promotes and maximizes social, cognitive, physical, and psychological functioning as well as facilitates entrepreneurship for people with serious mental illness. He is also the founder of UNC PAWS program, a peer assisted wellness service that trains rescue dogs to become personal support dogs for people with disabilities. He is also spearheading a Tiny home initiative in Chatham county, a demonstration project to provide sustainable permanent & affordable supportive housing for people impacted by serious mental illness.