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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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Posted on: June 15, 2017

Data’s Critical Role in Reversing the Opioid Epidemic

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...

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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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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.

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Posted on: May 30, 2017

Letter to the Editor: A forum on the growing opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic has become the worst drug abuse crisis in American history.

Read the full letter at The Carteret County News-T
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
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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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
Posted on: May 4, 2017

People with mental illness at increased risk for homelessness, incarceration

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.

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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: February 14, 2017

Opioids Send Ohio Foster Care into Costly Overdrive

by Charles Taylor, National Association of Counties

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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: 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: August 2, 2016

Amid Shortage of Psychiatric Beds, Mentally Ill Face Long Waits for Treatment

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.

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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