Work Product of the Workgroup on Children, Youth & Families


William Lassiter
Katherine Peppers

Senator Tamara Barringer
Lisa Cauley
Dr. Mike Lancaster
Benjamin Matthews, Ph.D.
Greta Metcalf, Ph.D.
David Passmore
Judge Donna Stroud
Steven Scoggin, MDiv. Psy.D, LPC

DHHS Staff

Rachel Johnson 


  1. Examine efforts that heighten awareness and reduce stigma related to substance use and mental health problems and provide recommendations to improve these efforts.
  2. Evaluate linkages between agencies of state and local government and provide recommendations for the transfer of existing best practices.
  3. Examine the link between foster care and mental health and substance abuse services for teenagers preparing to leave the foster care system to improve their outcomes.
  4. Examine opportunities for the justice system to best manage the cases of young people with mental health and substance use challenges in order that they reach their full potential.
  5. Examine the role of specialty courts in NC and provide recommendations on how they can best be utilized.
  6. Any other duties as assigned by the Co-Chairs of the Task Force.

Meeting Minutes