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With session’s approach, NC task force readies recommendations to address mental health, addiction problems

The Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use holds its latest meeting in Raleigh on Thursday.

Last summer, Gov. McCcrory announced the creation of this special task force to come-up with ways the state could expand and improve on services for people with mental illnesses and their families, many of whom are still struggling years after reform of mental health began.

nami2016-400x285But as the group prepares to make its recommendations to the General Assembly, there are questions about the limits on what the group can recommend.

Jack Register, Executive Director of NAMI-NC, is the only member of the panel representing consumers and he recently joined Policy Watch to talk about the task force, and what lawmakers should do this summer to help people with a mental illness.

The full podcast of Register’s interview with Chris Fitzsimon  is available below.

The March 10th meeting runs from 1:00pm-5:30pm at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury Street, in Raleigh.

Learn more about the work done thus far by Register and other members of the task force’s Workgroup on Adults.

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