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Posted on: July 31, 2017

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.

Full article at GOVERNING.com MH Reform
Posted on: July 7, 2017

'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.

Full article at GOVERNING.com MH Reform
Posted on: July 6, 2017

A What-Works Approach to the Opioid Crisis

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

Full article at GOVERNING.com MH Reform
Posted on: June 30, 2017

NC Opioid Summit 'Productive,' 'Impressive,' 'Terrific'

The NC Department of Health and Human Services released a number of articles following the June 28-29 Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit.

Compilation of articles from NC DHHS MH Reform
Posted on: June 28, 2017

President’s commission on drug addiction and opioid crisis holds first meeting

The three major topics discussed at the commission meeting were the availability of evidence-based addiction treatment options, the connection between mental health and substance abuse and, especially important to counties, the impact of Medicaid on the o...

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Full article at NACo.org MH Reform
Posted on: June 14, 2017

‘Stepping Up’ stakeholders step back to review progress

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.

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Full article at NACo.org MH Reform
Posted on: June 8, 2017

More fronts open in the war against opioids

Counties are continuing to grapple with the widening scope of the opioid drug epidemic.

Full article at NACo.org MH Reform
Posted on: May 18, 2017

NC PIC: Stepping Up Summit a Success

On May 9, the Practice Improvement Collaborative, NC Department of Health and Human Services, partnered with the NC Association of County Commissioners; the Governor’s Institute; the NC Psychiatric Association; the National Alliance on Mental Il...

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Release and resources from NC PIC MH Reform
Posted on: May 18, 2017

Mental health forum participants call for end of treatment stigma

A call for ending the stigma of seeking help was a repeated theme during the May 6 Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Public Forum in Warrenton.

Full article from The Warren Record MH Reform
Posted on: May 12, 2017

Opioid forum is pilot for statewide program

Davidson County Commissioner Fred McClure wants all counties in the state to bring together people to address the opioid epidemic spreading throughout the nation. The NCACC President has created a program in which individual counties can develop opioid fo...

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Full article from The Davidson County Dispatch MH Reform
Posted on: February 23, 2017

Community Ready for a Fight

Macon County Commissioners heard impassioned cries for help last week from families that have lost loved ones to addiction.

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Posted on: January 31, 2017

Forsyth County Launching Initiative to Reduce Number of People Jailed with Mental Illness

A national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails will start accepting participants next month.

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Counties Step Up to Reduce Number of Mentally Ill People in Jails

The national campaign to find alternatives to incarcerating people with mentall illness takes time, but it has begun.

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Should Religious Leaders Help Close Mental Health Care's Gap?

Particularly in rural areas, governments are increasingly turning to them to ease the shortage of providers, blurring the line between religion and medicine.

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

Opioids Send Ohio Foster Care into Costly Overdrive

by Charles Taylor, National Association of Counties

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Obama Signs Broad, Bipartisan Mental Health, Addiction, Justice Bill

Addiction and behavioral health highlight 21st Century Cures Act

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

How Algorithms Could Help Keep People Out of Jail

Steve Leifman knew Miami-Dade's courts had a problem. Ten years ago the longtime jurist realized that his county was putting too many people with mental health problems in jail.

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Posted on: October 18, 2016

Minnesota Moves Forward on Launching Statewide Crisis Line

The state is poised to join national trend of having a single hot line number.

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Posted on: September 29, 2016

Rural America Finally Gets Mental Health Help

People in remote areas have long lacked access to mental health services. The movement to fix that is showing signs of life.

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

Why We Need to Move Away From Jailing the Mentally Ill

Diverting low-level, nonviolent offenders into treatment saves millions of dollars and makes our streets safer.

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Posted on: November 5, 2015

County eyes combining physical, mental health care

Edgecombe County is gearing up to offer innovative mental health services, including having psychologists on hand at health clinics.

Full article from Rocky Mount Telegram MH Reform