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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...
The opioid addiction crisis rampaging across the country hit my home city of Cincinnati with a terrible fury last summer. In one sweltering week in August, our first responders were deluged with emergency calls to deal with a record 174 overdoses of heroi...
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.
Counties are continuing to grapple with the widening scope of the opioid drug epidemic.
The opioid epidemic has become the worst drug abuse crisis in American history.
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.
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...
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...
Of the estimated 11,448 homeless people in North Carolina in 2014, 18.9 percent – nearly one in five – had a serious mental illness, according to the N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness.
Macon County Commissioners heard impassioned cries for help last week from families that have lost loved ones to addiction.
by Charles Taylor, National Association of Counties
A national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails will start accepting participants next month.
The national campaign to find alternatives to incarcerating people with mentall illness takes time, but it has begun.
Particularly in rural areas, governments are increasingly turning to them to ease the shortage of providers, blurring the line between religion and medicine.
Addiction and behavioral health highlight 21st Century Cures Act
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.
The state is poised to join national trend of having a single hot line number.
People in remote areas have long lacked access to mental health services. The movement to fix that is showing signs of life.
Diverting low-level, nonviolent offenders into treatment saves millions of dollars and makes our streets safer.
Across the country, a critical shortage of state psychiatric beds is forcing mentally ill patients with severe symptoms to be held in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for a bed, sometimes for weeks.
Edgecombe County is gearing up to offer innovative mental health services, including having psychologists on hand at health clinics.