Charlie Health

As a company dedicated to tackling the youth mental health crisis, Charlie Health is focused on treating young people and their families, with clients from 30 states, ranging in age 11 to 34. Approximately one in five clients are people of color, more than half fall under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella, and nearly one-fifth are gender diverse. Charlie Health accepts major commercial insurance providers nationwide, as well as Medicaid in many states. Their treatment programs, including their virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), combine personalized care with peer connection to foster long-term healing. Charlie Health clients who completed treatment saw significant decreases in their mental health symptoms. From intake to discharge, clients saw a 49% decrease in depression symptoms and a 47% decrease in anxiety symptoms.

Accepting the award on behalf of Charlie Health:

Carter Barnhart, CEO & Co-Founder

Carter Barnhart is the CEO and co-founder of Charlie Health, a virtual provider for young people most at risk for mental health crisis. Barnhart is credited for redefining existing intensive treatment models by leveraging virtual care. She has made it her mission to tackle the youth mental crisis with Charlie Health’s innovative and scalable approaches to care delivery.

Prior to Charlie Health, Barnhart spent over a decade making a higher level of mental healthcare more accessible to young people and families. Barnhart achieved the distinction of becoming the youngest executive in the C-suite of one of the nation’s foremost treatment centers—the very same institution she had attended during her teenage years.

Dr. Caroline Fenkel, DSW, LCSW, Chief Clinical Officer & Co-Founder

Dr. Caroline Fenkel, DSW, LCSW is a thought leader in the adolescent and young adult substance use treatment field. She co-founded and serves as Chief Clinical Officer of Charlie Health. Caroline began her career by combining her love for horses with her desire to help others by providing equine-assisted psychotherapy. Caroline earned her master’s degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and began providing treatment at all levels of care, including detoxification units, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment. She has worked at numerous national and local treatment programs including Mainline Health, Pyramid Health Care, Promises Behavioral Health and Newport Healthcare. Caroline went on to earn her doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania, studying the use of technology in a therapeutic setting. Caroline serves on the Board of Directors of Be a Part of the Conversation.