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Legislator Profiles Policy Watch Investigates

The New Crop – Sen. Eric Mansfield

The Republican takeover of the N.C. legislature, the first time the GOP has led both houses since 1898, is a huge shift in power that’s brought a lot of new faces, and people new to doing business on ...
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North Carolina Government Sites

About North Carolina Campaigns/Elections Education Medicaid National Government North Carolina Government Executive Branch Judicial Branch Legislative Branch About North Carolina North Carolina State Agencies Comprehensive list of all the NC State Agencies, which includes links to agency’s websites, ...
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Progressive Voices

How private is your “private” medical information?

Do you know who's peeking at your private medical information? Who do you think should be? ...
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Weekly Briefing

When the last resort becomes standard practice

Damning report show that North Carolina is still warehousing the mentally ill in rest homes

Every now and then, something comes to light in the world of public policy that makes you stop in your tracks and question the humanity of the society in which you live (and maybe even your own). Whether it's the shameful treatment of a group of innocent children, a case of ravenous corporate greed or perhaps some incident of intentional and remorseless poisoning of a formerly pristine piece of the environment, the questions flow in quick order:

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Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

4.26---average number of hours people in North Carolina waited in emergency rooms in 2009 (State Psychiatric Hospital Admission Delays in North Carolina. Gerald and Ann Akland, NAMI Wake County, August 6, 2010) ...
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Events

Crucial Conversation luncheon: Latino Children in North Carolina

NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon – July 29 – "Latino Children in North Carolina"   Latino children make up the fastest growing segment of North Carolina's child population, jumping 34 percent in just three years. As the state's ...
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Progressive Voices

Shining a needed light on elder abuse

The recent arrest and indictment of a Chapel Hill nurse on murder and other abuse charges resulting from her alleged mistreatment of nursing home patients brings to light a vexing and too often hidden problem: elder abuse. ...
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Setting the Record Straight

Urban myth as campaign talking point?

N.C. congressional candidate tells a whopper

American politicians of all ideological persuasions have been spouting misleading statements, half-truths and bald-faced lies since the beginning of the Republic. We've also always had our share of plain old kooks running for office. Remember Lyndon LaRouche?

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Fitzsimon File

The troubling budget dance begins

The public debate about the state budget began this week with talk of ridiculous deadlines and more devastating cuts and most troubling of all both were met with what seemed like weary resignation by many lawmakers and much of the advocacy community. ...
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Progressive Voices

Medicaid: Eliminate Fraud But Keep Necessary Services

Few issues loom larger on the state public policy agenda than Medicaid - the critically important public health insurance program for low income children, seniors, and people with disabilities (as certified by a doctor). At last count, the number of people served by Medicaid was nearly 1.8 million and rising along with the unemployment rate. Medicaid's budget is one of the largest in state government - second only to the overall budget for education. ...
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Fitzsimon File

More evidence of our failures in mental health

State lawmakers will receive a report on the state of the mental health system Wednesday and the news is mixed at best, some improvements in the troubled system along with startling reminders of the huge problems that remain. ...
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Fitzsimon File

The danger of misreading a report

The recent report about the rising cost of Medicaid from the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research has some sobering news for policymakers, most notably that the rapid growth of the state's aging population will spur even more increases in Medicaid spending and significantly increase the percentage of the state budget that will pay for the program. ...
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Weekly Briefing

Fundamental questions

The need to confront some basic issues about our mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse systems

Imagine you are the family member of a person who for several years (perhaps most of their life) has been the subject of a "dual diagnosis" of developmental disabilities and mental illness. Not only is your loved one mentally retarded, but they are afflicted with a mental illness that prevents them from succeeding in a wide variety of social situations (like, for instance, a group home). There are several hundred of such persons in North Carolina - many of whom were the beneficiaries of a lawsuit brought during the 1990's referred to as the "Thomas S." case.

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Fitzsimon File

Admitting the problem

If it is true that the first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one, then maybe things are finally beginning to turn around for the state's troubled mental health system. ...
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Fitzsimon File

More reasons to raise new revenue

Every day at the General Assembly brings another piece of the compelling case for lawmakers to raise revenue this session and resist the calls to address the $4 billion budget shortfall with cuts alone. ...
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Progressive Voices

For real mental health reform, listen to the consumers

One media exposé after another has highlighted the flawed implementation of North Carolina’s much ballyhooed 2001 effort at mental health reform. These exposés have given many state officials heartburn as they picked up their morning paper or watched the evening news. ...
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