Michael F. Easley
Governor

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina Dempsey Benton
Secretary

North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services

For Release: IMMEDIATE
Date: February 1, 2008

 

Contact: Mark Van Sciver
(919) 733-9190
or Michelle Edelen
(919) 715-2780
at the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities
and Substance Abuse Services


MEDIA ADVISORY
Public Meeting on Mental Health Reform
on Feb. 11 in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD A public town hall meeting on Mental Health Reform will be held by the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services on Monday, Feb. 11, on the campus of Johnston Community College , 245 College Road , Smithfield .

The public meeting, hosted by state MH/DD/SAS Division Director Mike Moseley, will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Johnston Community College campus . Key members of the state's MH/DD/SAS leadership team will be on hand to share information and answer questions from the public about the ongoing state mental health reform efforts. The purpose is to share information and listen to concerns about ongoing system transformation efforts. The event is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Since the passage of the landmark mental health reform legislation in 2001, the Division has been working to ensure that mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services are managed and delivered in a more person-centered manner with an emphasis on best practice approaches. Every year, North Carolina spends more than $1.8 billion to provide mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services to more than 300,000 citizens.

For more information, contact Michelle Edelen, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services at (919) 715-2780 or at contactdmh@ncmail.net .

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS :

From I-95 Take exit number 95 towards US-70 Business/Smithfield/Goldsboro. Turn left onto US-70 Business. At second traffic light, turn left onto College Road . JCC is on the left. Look for the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium/ Performing Arts Auditorium Lobby.

US-70 East Take the US-70 Business exit towards Smithfield . Continue on US-70 Business ( Market Street ) through Smithfield . Proceed under the railroad overpass and at the next traffic light, turn onto College Road . JCC is on the left. Look for the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium/ Performing Arts Auditorium Lobby.

Web site available at www.johnstoncc.edu for map and directions.

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Public Affairs Office
101 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
(919)733-9190
FAX (919)733-7447

Debbie K. Crane
Director