Our Focus for Success in North Carolina

Mission – Determined to expand and improve services for the state’s 800,000 veterans, Governor Cooper has built an unprecedented intragovernmental Working Group focused on job creation,workforce enrichment, health and wellness, legal and financial services and benefits for veterans. This real-time referral and collaboration network cuts red tape.


Vision – The Working Group is charged with facilitating collaboration and coordination among ALL Federal, state and local agency partners that touch a veteran’s life in the state of North Carolina. In short, the “Working Group” is making government work for our vets.

Working Group Chair & Vice Chairs

Larry Hall
Secretary, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Dr. Jason Vogler
Vice Chair
Senior Director, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, NC Department of Health and Human Services

Napoleon Wallace
Vice Chair
Assistant Secretary, Rural Economic Development

Mark Bilosz
Vice Chair
Director, Veterans Benefits Administration, Winston-Salem Regional Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Joseph P. Edger, MHA, FACHE
Vice Chair
Deputy Network Director
Retired, Lieutenant Colonel, Army
VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network

James Prosser
Vice Chair
Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs
Retired Master Sergeant, Air Force
NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs



Special Thanks to Our Partners

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Program Timeline

star_blue March 2006
North Carolina participated in the SAMHSA/TCA Conference The Road Home: The National Behavioral Health Conference on Returning Veterans and Their Families.Read More
star_red September 2006
North Carolina Stakeholder Summit, hosted by the Governor, and sponsored by the DMH/DD/SAS and MIRECC, VISN 6, US Department of VA, which brought together key state, federal, and local stakeholders: The Governor’s Focus on Servicemembers, Veterans, and Their Families was formed, followed by monthly meetings, which continue to this day. The group has been the source of many new partnerships and initiatives that support the State’s military-connected citizens.Read More
star_blue August 2008
SAMHSA hosted first Policy Academy, Paving the Road Home: The National Behavioral Health Conference and Policy Academy on Returning Veterans and Their Families: North Carolina was one of ten states to be chosen to attend via a competitive application process. The participating states developed a guiding vision, identified key priorities, and developed a strategic plan.Read More
star_red June 2010
SAMHSA Policy Academy, Returning Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families: The North Carolina Team participated in this policy academy providing mentorship to the seven states and one territory that were first-time participants. North Carolina’s mission and strategic plan were refined.Read More
star_blue October 2010
identified Military Families as one of their eight strategic initiatives and began funding for the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center.Read More
star_red May 2011
2011 SAMHSA Policy Academy, Best Practices for Reclaiming Recovery, Resiliency:  and Readiness: The North Carolina team identified outreach to American Indian veterans and employment as areas for ongoing technical assistance.Read More
star_blue September 2011
SAMHSAPolicy Academy on State Tribal Partnership Summit: North Carolina team identified four strategies to meet the needs of American Indian veterans.Read More
star_red December 2011
SAMHSA Policy Academy, Our Turn to Serve: Building Communities and Strengthening Military Families: A representative from North Carolina served as a member of the State-to-State Innovation Team and provided TA to new state teams.Read More
star_blue September 2012
SAMHSA Policy Academy, State Plan Boot Camp, Preparing States and Communities to Support the Behavioral Health Needs of Service Members, Veterans, and their Families: North Carolina Team Leader, Flo Stein participated in a panel to provide advice and lessons learned to nine new states.Read More
star_red March 2014
SAMHSA hosted a Military and Veterans’ Families Implementation Academy for State teams across the country to learn about evidence-informed practices for military and veterans’ families and to provide the opportunity for teams to further expand components of existing strategic plans.
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star_blue September 2014
SAMHSA held a conference on Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) through Workforce Development so that State teams could learn strategies for increasing the skills of the behavioral health workforce to provide services and supports for military-connected individuals. Read More
star_blue March to September 2015
SAMHSA has begun offering Virtual Implementation Academies, and North Carolina was invited to participate in the first one for Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). North Carolina identified 20 individuals to comprise the team, including representatives from the VA; NC National Guard; the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services; the NC Department of Military and Veteran Affairs; the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse; the Alcohol and Drug Council of NC; and the Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program, UNC School of Social Work. Read More
In addition to attending Policy Academies hosted by SAMHSA, North Carolina has been the beneficiary of SAMHSA technical assistance and has been provided opportunities to participate in SAMHSA hosted learning communities. Read More