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The current drug crisis is different from previous ones. Some say it requires a new mode of thinking.
New federal funding will help, but states need to focus it on treatment backed by evidence.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services released a number of articles following the June 28-29 Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
Macon County Commissioners heard impassioned cries for help last week from families that have lost loved ones to addiction.
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.
by Charles Taylor, National Association of Counties
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.
Edgecombe County is gearing up to offer innovative mental health services, including having psychologists on hand at health clinics.