Supporting Medical Directors in the Public Mental Health System

North Carolina Community Mental Health Medical Directors' Network

The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health has partnered with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), and the North Carolina Psychiatric Association and established the North Carolina Community Mental Health Medical Directors' Network. The network supports psychiatrists and other physicians in their new role as leaders of clinical care in the restructured mental health system.

This first-of-its-kind statewide-organization offers medical directors from the newly formed Critical Access Behavioral Health Agencies (CABHAs) and  Managed Care Organizations(MCOs), as well as psychiatrists affiliated with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC):

  • Professional education about evidence-based treatment
  • Timely information about the state's evolving system of care
  • Online access to other community mental health medical directors as they pursue like goals in their community -Medical Directors' Listserv.
  • Support in providing professional development for medical leadership and incorporating evidence-based, cost-effective clinical care into their agencies' practice
  • Continued integration and communication between various levels of the system: CABHAs, MCOs, CCNC, and the North Carolina Division of Mental Health.

"It's vital that medical directors have the support they need to fashion this new approach to better mental health care," says John Gilmore, MD, director of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. "And providing psychiatrists with what they need to be effective leaders is what the center is all about."


For more information about the Medical Directors' Network or to join the listserv, please contact Alice Lockhart at