DHHS Holding Behavioral Health Listening Sessions Across the State

Town Hall meeting

Feb. 28, 2020 - In an effort to hear directly from those served through North Carolina’s public behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) system, the NC Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled six additional town hall listening sessions.

Leaders from DHHS’ Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services will travel throughout North Carolina to hear from consumers, families and advocates. They want to learn more about how the system is working and how DHHS can assist in creating a system that improves health outcomes and promotes recovery for all North Carolinians. The first town hall was held Jan. 30 in Wilmington. 

The town hall events will provide an opportunity to respond to questions and discuss concerns from consumers and their families and advocates.

Approximately 113,816 adults and children received services for behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities in 2019 while an added 8,066 people were assisted through state-operated facilities.

“These town halls will allow us an opportunity to get out into the heart of communities and listen firsthand to the concerns, experiences and issues impacting the recipients of our services, their families and advocates,” said Kody Kinsley, Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

The town halls will also discuss the transition of the NC Medicaid program to managed care. Implementation of managed care has been suspended because the General Assembly adjourned without providing required new spending and program authority needed to move forward. 

The remaining town hall meetings will be from:

  • 4-6 p.m., March 5 at the Consolidated Human Services Agency, 612 College St., Jacksonville
  • 4-6 p.m., March 19 at Trillium Health Resources, 201 W. First St., Greenville  
  • 4-6 p.m., March 24, at the College of Albemarle, 1208 N. Road St., Elizabeth City 
  • 4-6 p.m., March 31, at Robeson Community College, 5160 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton
  • 6-8 p.m., April 16, at Hope Haven Conference Center, 3815 N. Tryon St., Charlotte 
  • 6-8 p.m., April 23, at Alliance Health Plan, 5200 W. Paramount Parkway, Suite 200, Morrisville

A town hall scheduled for Feb. 20 in Winston-Salem was canceled due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled.

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