March 2006

North Carolina participates in the SAMHSA/TCA Conference

The Road Home:  The National Behavioral Health Conference on Returning Veterans and Their Families.

The North Carolina Focus on Servicemembers, Veterans, and their Families got its start when representatives from North Carolina attended the conference, The Road Home: The National Behavioral Health Conference on Returning Veterans and Their Families in Washington, DC, on March 16-18, 2006. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) partnered with Therapeutic Communities of America (TCA) to sponsor the meeting, which was carefully planned to ensure participation not only from SAMHSA and the TCA, but also from the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, military branches, the National Guard Bureau, the Reserves, the Citizen Soldier Support Program, the National Institute of Health, and advocacy groups.  This historic conference provided educational and networking opportunities for providers, administrators, veterans, families, government agencies, and others, about how best to serve these returning veterans and their families.  Topics included post-deployment reintegration into communities; the strengthening of behavioral health systems through community coordination and collaboration; treatment for co-occurring behavioral health disorders; and support services for military families.  About 1,000 individuals attended, representing military and civilian agencies and organizations, service members, veterans, and their families.  North Carolina was represented by:

  • Flo Stein, SSA, and Chief, Community Policy Management Section, NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMHDDSAS); and Co-Chair, North Carolina Focus on Servicemembers, Veterans, and their Families (SMVFs)
  • Worth Bolton, Vietnam War Army Veteran and social work faculty member, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Wei Li Fang, Ph.D., Director for Research and Evaluation, Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse
  • Patricia Harris, Commander, Charles T. Norwood American Legion Post 159
  • Laurel Hourani, Ph.D., RTI International
  • Kathleen Huck, Military OneSource
  • Lucy Johnson, Military OneSource
  • Norman Layne, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Thomas Norton, Executive Director, Mental Health/Substance Abuse in Lumberton
  • Jean Reaves, Vietnam War Navy Veteran and Military Liaison for Sen. Kay Hagan
  • Mark Sullivan, Executive Director, Mental Health Association in Orange County
  • Guy Towne, Jr., Raleigh Vet Center
  • Larry Townsend, VSO, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina