This week in N.C. Mental Health Reform

This week in N.C. Mental Health Reform

Monday 5/14/12 - N.C.’s mental health agencies are asking for changes to state law that will allow them to pay higher salaries to their staff, have fewer county commissioners and more people with insurance expertise on their board of directors and protect what they call “competitive health information” from public records requests. This was the subcommittee’s last meeting. It will make recommendations to the committee that oversees the Department of Health and Human Service Tuesday. A bill will eventually be proposed for the legislature to debate and consider. To see the plans as they stand now or hear audio from Monday’s meeting, see the subcommittee’s webpage.

Tuesday 5/15/12 - A legislative committee meets to oversee the department that runs the changes in mental health policy, the Department of Health and Human Services. There will be an update on the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation of our state’s practices. They’ll also hear recommendations from a subcommittee about whether or not laws that govern the mental health agencies — LMEs — should be revised. To see the agenda and eventually hear the audio from the meeting, see the Joint Committee’s webpage.

Tuesday 5/22/12 - To make sure that the mental health agencies (or LMEs) are being properly monitored as they start implementing the changes in their communities, a committee meets each month in Raleigh. Called the DHHS Waiver Advisory Committee, or DWAC, the group is made up of consumers, LME staff, state government staff and providers. The Agenda will be posted on the DWAC website.

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