NAMI NC Executive Director, Jack Register, was quoted in a recent article in the Enquirer Journal about the recent influx of involuntary commitments in Union County.
By Terri Ferguson Smith, The Enquirer Journal
Having to force a loved one into mental health treatment is a difficult choice for families. It’s not a new issue but it is a growing problem. In Union County, the numbers show that not a day goes by without at least one family seeking an order of involuntary commitment.
In 2015, there were more than 800 involuntary commitments handled by the sheriff’s office, according to Sheriff Eddie Cathey and on one Saturday night this month, there were 16 involuntary commitments, he said.
“They are people whose families cannot get them to seek treatment on their own,” Cathey said.
A family member seeks a commitment order through the judicial system, then law enforcement serves the order, take the person to a hospital where they undergo a mental health evaluation, he said.
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NAMI NC Executive Director, Jack Register, was quoted in a recent article in the News & Observer about the Governor’s Task Force.
By Lynn Bonner, News & Observer
A task force on mental health and substance abuse, meeting under Gov. Pat McCrory’s direction, is looking at the intersection of drug addiction, mental illness and incarceration. The goal is to get policies, and money, directed toward improved care.
The task force has reviewed two dozen recommendations that included providing more affordable housing, education for health care providers and prescription drug tracking. State Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer and state Chief Justice Mark Martin are leading the group, whose members include doctors, judges, patient advocates, legislators and law enforcement representatives.
The task force was divided into three work groups that reported their recommendations last week. From here, the task force will decide which recommendations it will forward to the legislature.
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By Michael Hyland, WNCN
Advocates for people living with mental illnesses say they’re encouraged by President Obama’s proposal to spend an additional $500 million on treatment, but it’s unclear if Congress will approve that spending.
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It is with sadness that we announce the resignation of our Director of Development & Special Events, Robin Kellogg. NAMI NC bids farewell to Robin as she moves into the next chapter of her life. Robin has been a influential advocate and fundraiser for many years and is a friend to the community of those affected by mental illness. Her passion and ability to tell the stories of our members to those who want to support our work is extraordinary. Robin was the lead staff member in many of the NAMI WALK events and her efforts helped secure a bright future for our organization. All of us at NAMI NC, board and staff, wish her well and success in her future!
NAMI NC seeks Development Coordinator to join our team. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots family and consumer advocacy organization for those affected by mental illness. We are a state wide organization with 30 affiliates and seek an experienced fundraiser and grant writer. We seek a candidate with skills in major gifts, donor relations, grant management, event management, and government & foundation grant writing. The organizational offices are located in Raleigh. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letter to Executive Director Jack Register email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until February 5, 2015. No phone calls please.
NAMI NC executive director, Jack Register, was featured on a segment of Capital Tonight about Mental Health Funding in NC. He was joined by House Appropriations Chairman Nelson Dollar. Click here to watch the show (segment begins at 8 minutes 25 seconds).
Friday, January 15, 2016
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
NAMI North Carolina Office
309 West Millbrook Road Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27609
Meet the NAMI North Carolina staff, get information about the 2016 NAMI Walk, learn more about NAMI’s work in our state, and see our new office space. Light refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NAMI NC community mourns the passing of Mike Mayer, PhD, a dear friend, advocate, leader, and man who as former Executive Director Deby Dihoff stated “had a life well lived.” He was an accomplished professional who was sought out for his expertise in working with people with disabilities, not only here in North Carolina, but throughout the country. But that was just a part of the great work Mike did; he also worked in other countries as well, as evidenced by his work to start a clinic in Africa. Mike’s leadership in NAMI NC as Board President helped us through the transition of our new executive director, as well as positioning NAMI NC to be a “go to” organization in the state for issues related to mental illness and those affected by it. We at NAMI NC hold Mike’s family in our thoughts and prayers as we all say goodbye to a dear friend, who indeed, had a life well lived.
NAMI North Carolina is aware of the proposed changes to funding strategies to the Cardinal LME/MCO service array. There has been much discussion and speculation about these changes and how they will impact services for both Medicaid and non-Medicaid members. With so much constant change in the mental health system, we, along with our members, have rightfully become skeptical about sudden changes that lack clarity. While it may be easy to immediately react to these changes, NAMI North Carolina values doing our due diligence and gathering as much information that is available.
After careful consideration of the bulletin and discussions with Cardinal leadership, we have been assured that the service array is not changing nor are services being cut or decreased. How we understand it, these changes will allow state dollars to be used for those who have no other options -uninsured or underinsured. If medical necessity is not met under the Medicaid service definition for a member, instead of the Medicaid member using state dollars, they instead will use services created by Cardinal from Medicaid savings (B3 funds). This way, state dollars are reserved for when Cardinal members need them most; either people without insurance or Medicaid eligible people who have been unsuccessful with B3 alternative services and have been denied by Medicaid.
The General Assembly has charged the LME/MCO system with smartly investing their savings and limited resources in a socially and fiscally responsible way. Cardinal is taking an unprecedented step that may have smart payoffs. NAMI North Carolina will continue to remain diligent in our observations and communications around this issue. Whenever there is innovation, we monitor closely to ensure the changes have positive impacts on care, health outcomes, and overall experience with the mental health system.
If you are in the Cardinal catchment area, please contact the state office or your local affiliate and share your experience so we can better understand how this change is affecting our community.