NC Recovery Summit Advancing Recovery!
Recovery is beginning to take front and center in NC as our state works to understand that the medically based, traditional treatment approach has not been effective in supporting people to regain their lives. With the Department of Justice Settlement serving as an impetus, NC held the first ever Recovery Summit on March 27, 2013 in Winston-Salem, NC. The theme of the event was Recovery: Policy to Practice and focused on establishing a recovery platform under which all services in NC should be funded, delivered and held accountable. A report written from this "invitation only" event will be used to guide recovery practice and policy. Mecklenburg's PROMISE served as a co-sponsor and facilitator of a session focused on Consumer-Operated Services, Peer Support and Self-Direction. National Recovery Champion, Harvey Rosenthal from NYAPRS served as the keynote speaker and left the group with the message that recovery is real, cost effective and the direction that the national mental health system is going in. He urged participants to not only embrace recovery but to also support the advent of consumer-operated services and peer support in our state. For more information, check out the state's new recovery site: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/mhddsas/services/recovery/
MeckPROMISE Director Featured in NC Medical Journal!
If you look at the May/June 2012 issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, you might see a familiar face. MeckPROMISE's very own Director, Cherene Allen-Caraco, was featured in the Tar Heel Footprints article that recognizes the unsung heroes who work to advance the health of North Carolinians. The article recounts Cherene's work in Mecklenburg County to introduce mental health recovery to the community of providers, family members and peers who experience mental health and substance abuse challenges. Two of NC's recovery champions, Dr. Kim Franklin of Meridian Behavioral Health Services and Deby Dihoff of NAMI NC were interviewed for the article. Click here
for the full article
MeckPROMISE Represented on State DHHS Waiver Advisory Committee!
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has convened an advisory committee to provide input and consultation on the implementation and operation of the 1915 b/c Medicaid waivers and LME/MCO operations. This committee is comprised of consumers, providers, CFAC members, DHHS, DMHDDSAS, LME-MCO and DMA staff as appointed by the Secretary. The Director of Mecklenburg's PROMISE is among the appointees and will begin a one year term this month. This will serve as an opportunity to have the peer voice represented and for Mecklenburg's PROMISE to continue our work toward behavioral health system transformation. Links to the committee's work can be found at: