North Carolina News

NC STRIVE Regional Conferences

NC STRIVE (Student Transition Resource Initiative for Veteran’s Education) will offer three regional conferences during the spring.  Conferences will uniquely address hot topics—services and supports during matriculation; suicide prevention; federal, state, and community resources; and entrepreneurship—through keynote presenters, panels, and breakout sessions.  Administrators, faculty, and staff from 2-year and 4-year public and private colleges and universities; LME/MCOs; treatment providers; Veteran services organizations; behavioral health advocates; federal and state agencies; and others are invited to attend.  There is no conference fee, […]

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March GWG Meeting

Meeting of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families March 23, 2017, 2:00 to 4:00 pm Highlight:  Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) Situation Room of Emergency Management, Joint Forces Headquarters, 1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh 27607 Call-in number:  919-212-5747 Agenda What is TASC? And how it came to be! The Ten Key Components of Veterans Treatment Court NC Veterans Treatment Court Contact List

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February GWG Meeting

Meeting of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families February 23, 2017, 2:00 to 4:00 pm Highlight:  VA Leadership Jane S. McKimmon Education and Training Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC  27606 Call-in number:  800/767-1750, access code 04400 Agenda | Minutes Update and Future Initiatives from VA Leadership [Updated] Mark Shelhorse, MD, Interim Director, VISN 6 Elizabeth Goolsby, Director, Fayetteville VAMC David Buyck, PhD, Chief Mental Health Officer, VISN 6 Homelessness and Opioid Addiction – A […]

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NC Serves

North Carolina is one of five States (NY, NC, PA, SC, and WA) participating in America Serves, an initiative of the Institute for Military and Veteran Families at Syracuse University.  America Serves is a platform for public and private agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide services and resources to Veterans and their families in selected communities.  By February 2017, NC will have four regions where NC Serves will operate—Metrolina in Charlotte/Mecklenburg and proximal counties (August 2015 start), RDU/Fayetteville and surrounding […]

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SAMHSA Technical Assistance Center

On September 20-21, the SAMHSA Technical Assistance Center on Service Members, Veterans, and their Families facilitated meetings with leadership and staff at the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services; NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; NC Department of Commerce; NC National Guard; and US Department of Veterans Affairs. Meetings resulted in action items related to identifying Veterans receiving behavioral health services from federal, state, and local agencies; ensuring that Veterans are connected to the […]

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Harnett County Veterans Treatment Court

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), US Department of Justice have awarded three-year grants to the Harnett County Veterans Treatment Court, beginning on September 30, 2016. The purpose of both grants is to provide crisis response and stabilization services; evidence-based treatment for substance use and mental health disorders; and peer support services for at least 135 Veterans over the three-year period.

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SAMHSA Website for Veterans and Military Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services has contracted with PRA Associates to offer technical assistance services to service members, veterans, and their families and to the treatment providers who offer clinical services.  The website offers behavioral health services and resources as well as statistics about the men and women who have served since 2001.  For example, an estimated 18.5% of service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan have post-traumatic […]

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NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Expands

The NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs recently welcomed two new Assistant Secretaries. Jim Prosser, the new Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, was previously the Director, Veterans Services Division, Community Support Services Department, Mecklenburg County and was responsible for the largest Veterans Service Office in the state. He served in the United States Air Force for 27 years and retired as a First Sergeant. Most of his career involved helping others as a Mental Health Technician, Radiology Technician, and […]

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Cheryl Rawls Receives the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

At the July 28 meeting of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families, Secretary Cornell Wilson presented Ms. Rawls with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards given by the Governor of the State.  She was provided with this award for her service and commitment assisting Veterans obtain the benefits that they deserve through the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).  Ms. Rawls has been promoted to serve as Director of Pension […]

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Veteran Homelessness Declines by 19% from 2015 to 2016 in NC

Sponsored by the NC Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the NC Coalition to End Homelessness, the six teams comprising the Rapid Results Veteran Boot Camp Initiative met to discuss accoomplishments and recommendations at its June 22-23 meeting.  In addition, the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs released a report, which indicated that the number of North Carolina homeless veterans fell from 1,092 in 2015 to 888 […]

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