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In case you missed it, a wide array of North Carolina advocates signed on to a letter yesterday from the Washington, DC-based Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. The letter urges Governor Perdue to address the state’s ongoing violation of federal law in its treatment of thousands of people with mental illness by warehousing them in so-called “adult care homes” by working with advocates rather than fighting them.

You can read the letter by clicking here.

Let’s hope the Guv gets the message.

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The good folks at Disability Rights NC are calling on the Governor to avoid costly litigation with the federal government and, instead, work with them and others to fix the state’s broken system for delivering services to persons with mental disabilities.

It’s a good and strong letter and you can read it by clicking here.

 

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“Keep pushing for fundamental reform” — that’s the message that was delivered this afternoon to a a gathering of 75 people in downtown Raleigh by mental health policy expert Joshua Norris, the Director of Legal Advocacy for The Georgia Advocacy Office.

Norris was in town to headline an NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation at Marbles Kids Museum entitled “No more excuses: Building a lawful, 21st Century system for serving  people with mental illness.”

According to the Atlanta attorney, now is no time to stop with reform merely because Read More

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For those interested in today’s NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon (“No more excuses: Building a lawful, 21st Century system for serving people with mental illness”) but who are unable to attend, we’re happy to announce that the event will be streamed live on the internet.

To watch simply go to this site or watch in the embedded player below. The event should formally commence just a few minutes after 12:00 noon.

(UPDATED – A recording of the event will be available shortly on the Policy Watch video page).


Live Video streaming by Ustream

The video will be archived afterward on the main Policy Watch site’s video section.

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It’ll be close to a full house at tomorrow’s NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation (“No more excuses: Building a 21st Century system for serving people with mental illness”),but a few seats remain and it’s not too late to register.

The event will feature Josh Norris, Director of Advocacy for The Georgia Advoacy Office. Georgia is a state that’s already wrestled with many of the issues confronting North Carolina in the process of transitioning from an institutional service model to a community-based system. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about this critical subject!

Click here for more information.