GOVERNOR ESTABLISHES NC MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE TASK FORCE
NCPA Executive Director Sally Cameron was one of the invited guests when Governor Pat McCrory established the North Carolina Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force on Tuesday, July 14. In signing the Executive Order, the Governor noted that the Task Force will bring together the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government and key stakeholders to make recommendations that will improve the lives of citizens with mental illness and substance use disorders. “Our goal is to improve collaboration between health care, justice and safety professionals using existing resources,” Governor McCrory said. “If we improve these linkages, we offer the best hand up to those in need – especially our young people.” The task force will be co-chaired by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina Mark Martin and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos, M.D. The Governor asked the Task Force to have recommendations to him by May of 2016.
HOUSE INSURANCE COMMITTEE PASSES AUTISM INSURANCE BILL
The House Insurance Committee passed Senate Bill 676 – Autism Insurance – out of committee on Tuesday, June 30 by a unanimous vote. The bill now goes to the House floor.
NCPA has been a leader in the North Carolina Coalition to get an autism insurance bill passed. Click here for the coalition’s statement on S676. Thanks are extended to Senators Apodaca and Krawiec for sponsoring the bill and to Rep. McGrady for presenting the bill in the House Insurance Committee. For a copy of the bill click here: http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/Senate/PDF/S676v2.pdf
NCPA/APA AT THE NATIONAL PTA CONFERENCE
NCPA partners with APA as well as the Maryland and Florida Psychological Associations to have a booth at the 2015 National PTA Conference held in Charlotte June 26-28. Over 1,000 people from around the country attended the event in Charlotte.
Pictured on the slider are, l-r: Luana Bossolo, head of the APAPO Public Education Office, NCPA President-Elect Dr. Glen Martin, and NCPA’s Public Education Co-Chairs Drs. Chuck Burnett and Susan Hill. Thanks to the NCPA members who helped staff the booth:
Drs. Kim Ferguson, Nicole French, John Simpson, Bryan Connell, Cris Saffo, John Magee and Mr. Allen Sendler. APA is developing a partnership with the PTA around behavioral health issues – watch for future information in E-News and other communications.