On July 14, 2015 Governor McCrory, along with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Wos and Chief Justice Mark Martin, announced the creation of the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use.
The new task force will have twenty four members and will bring together the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches to make state policy better for those living with mental illness and suffering from substance use disorders.
The Task Force will:
Evaluate the linkages between agencies of state government and local government and create recommendations for the transfer of existing best practices across the state;
Examine the role of mental health and other specialty courts currently in North Carolina to determine how they can best be utilized to improve our efforts to address and reduce the extent to which individuals suffer from untreated mental health disorders and substance use problems;
Examine successful efforts to heighten awareness and reduce stigma associated with mental health treatment in our state and recommendations on how to improve these efforts;
Examine the ways the justice system can best handle cases of young people with mental illness and substance use disorders to provide them the best opportunity to reach their full potential as North Carolina citizens;
Examine the link between foster care and the need for mental health and substance use services to improve outcomes for teenagers when they leave the foster care system.
NASW-NC was invited to attend the signing of the Executive Order to create this Task Force and will be making recommendations for membership.