Mental Health & Substance Abuse
At the NCACC's 2014 Annual Conference, President Ronnie Beale established a special task force to develop educational programming for counties on local mental health needs. As the Association and its members continue their work on mental health, substance abuse, and other related topics, this page will be updated with resources to help you navigate this issue in your county.
- Responding to the Opioid Crisis (UNC School of Govt)
- Status Report: NC Stepping Up Initiative (August 2017)
- North Carolina Counties Step Up to Reduce Mental Illness and Addiction in Jails (from CountyQuarterly, Fall 2017 issue)
- President's Mental Health Engagement Task Force Report and Recommendations (August 2015)
- County Leadership Forum on Opioid Abuse resource page (2017)
- President McClure's Report on NCACC Initiative to Governor's Task Force on MH/IDD/SA (Nov. 30, 2016)
- A Prescription for Action: Local Leadership in Ending the Opioid Crisis
- Archived NACo Live Panel Discussion: Two Years of Stepping Up (June 2017)
Reports & Presentations
- Intersection of Mental Health and Jails: Select Practices from Across the State: Report | NCCCMA Seminar Presentation (NC Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission, December 2016)
- Reducing the Number of Mentally Ill in County Jails (NACo)
- Presentation on MH/DD/SA (UNC School of Government)
- Provider Capacity, Service Gaps, and Community Needs
- Prescription Drug Abuse and Child Welfare (SAS)
Stepping Up Initiative (NACo)
- May 16, 2018: National Stepping Up Day of Action
- Stepping Up Initiative
- NC Stepping Up Summit | May 9, 2017, Raleigh, NC
- Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit June 27-28, 2017, Raleigh, NC
- Six Questions County Leaders Need to Ask: Report | Webinar
- March 2 Webinar Recording: Introduction to the Network and Making the Six Questions Work for You
- April 6 Webinar: Conducting Timely Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Jails
- Archives: Previous Stepping Up Webinars
Additional Content & Resources
- What Science Tells us About Opioid Abuse and Addiction (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- People With Serious Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System (2011 article, The Prison Journal)
- Municipal Courts: A Tool for Diverting Mentally Ill from the Criminal Justice System (SAMHSA, 2015)
- North Carolina Suicide Prevention Plan (NC DHHS, 2015)
- Bridging the Gaps in the HHS Network of Care (Governing Institute, 2016)
- Addressing Mental Illness in County Jails (NACo, September 2015)
The Released, a PBS Documentary - What happens to the mentally ill when they leave prisons? Why do they return at such an alarming rate?
The New Asylums, a PBS Documentary - There are nearly half a million mentally ill people serving time in America's prisons. Have these institutions become our new asylums?
The current drug crisis is different from previous ones. Some say it requires a new mode of thinking. Read on...
Human tragedy comes with the badge - but help dealing with it often doesn't. Read on...
County officials and other stakeholders gathered May 31 in Washington to look back at the successes and continued challenges of the two-year-old Stepping Up program, a collaborative effort to keep the mentally ill out of county jails. Read on...
|Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Act of 1985|
|Senate Bill 208 (S.L. 2013-85) - Effective Operation of 1915(b)/(c) Waiver|
|House Bill 399 (S.L. 2013-378) - Amendments to Laws Pertaining to Health and Human Services|
|Senate Bill 191 (S.L. 2012-151) - LME Governance|
|House Bill 916 (S.L. 2011-264) - Statewide expansion of 1915(b)/(c) Waiver|