Let your voice be heard! 2 Free Events Carolina Public Press Forum & DHHS Listening Session

DHHS Listening Session
Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use
Disorders Event

Thursday, July 20, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.

Jackson County DSS
15 Griffin Street
Sylva, NC

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is developing a Strategic Plan for the community and facility-based service system. While DHHS is accepting public input on any area relevant to this effort, we are particularly interested in feedback on:
Access to providers and services
Affordability of providers and services
Special populations & conditions (Veterans, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Autism, etc.)
Navigating the system
Improving quality of care
Integration of physical and behavioral health
Your comments are vital in understanding what services and programs are working well and what recommendations should be considered.

This Strategic Plan will be presented to the North Carolina General Assembly in January 2018.

For more information or to submit written comments, please email: BehavioralHealth@dhhs.nc.gov



Newsmakers: Housing For Those With Mental Illness
July 21, 2017
8:30 AM-10:30 AM
Location: Lenoir-Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville

Julia Gibson, senior long term care regional ombudsman with the Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging, (others are being confirmed).

Frank Taylor, managing editor of Carolina Public Press

Join us for a free and public conversation about housing issues for those living with mental illness in North Carolina during the next Carolina Public Press Newsmakers forum, which will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville.

This will be your chance to hear and to discuss the issues surrounding the quality and safety of housing for those living with mental illness and the impact of and current status of the 2012 settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the state of North Carolina regarding living options for those patients. Carolina Public Press will publish a statewide investigative project looking these issues during the later part of July.

Panelists include Marti Knisley, independent reviewer in the matter of the US v. NC Olmstead Voluntary Settlement; Julia Gibson, senior long term care regional ombudsman with the Area Agency on Aging; and Susan McCracken, director of Lincoln County Department of Social Services. Others are being confirmed; check back for updates. Journalists with Carolina Public Press will moderate the event, which includes networking, a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

The event is sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and Self-Help Credit Union. The investigative reporting project is funded, in part, by the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Seats are limited and RSVPs are required. They are available below. Carolina Public Press will live-stream the forum for those who are unable to attend in person; RSVP for details on how to connect remotely.

For more information, please call Carolina Public Press at 828-774-5290 or email us at anewsome@carolinapublicpress.org .


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