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) [Continue Reading…]
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 schools and other institutions incorporate this growing group of children and youth, it is important for policymakers, [Continue Reading…]
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. [Continue Reading…]
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?
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. [Continue Reading…]
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. [Continue Reading…]
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. [Continue Reading…]
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. [Continue Reading…]
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. [Continue Reading…]
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. [Continue Reading…]
One media exposÃ© after another has highlighted the flawed implementation of North Carolinaâ€™s much ballyhooed 2001 effort at mental health reform. These exposÃ©s have given many state officials heartburn as they picked up their morning paper or watched the evening news. [Continue Reading…]
Dix TRO heralds a welcome sea change in the debate over mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse
There are a lot of wonderful groups and individuals in North Carolina who work in the world of mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse. For decades, a variety of doctors, nurses, therapists, family members of patients, care providers, housing providers, advocacy groups, journalists and patients themselves have worked hard to reform and modernize our public systems for serving these vulnerable populations.