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.  

The History of Mental Health Services in NC: 1990-2000

MH 90s

The History of Mental Health Services in NC: 2000-present

MH 2000s

County Snapshots - Interactive Maps by NCACC's Research Department

County Research

Reports & Presentations

Stepping Up Initiative (NACo)



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?

  1. Is America Talking About Opioids the Wrong Way?

    The current drug crisis is different from previous ones. Some say it requires a new mode of thinking. Read on...
  2. 'Giving Help and Not Asking for It': Inside the Mental Health of First Responders

    Human tragedy comes with the badge - but help dealing with it often doesn't. Read on...
  3. A What-Works Approach to the Opioid Crisis

    New federal funding will help, but states need to focus it on treatment backed by evidence. Read on...
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