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Registration is now available for Center's Fourth Annual No Limit Gala

Registration is now available for Center's Fourth Annual No Limit Gala

Register today for the Center's Fourth Annual No Limits Gala featuring Mental Health Advocate Francis Greenburger, scheduled for November 2 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC -CH campus. Check out registration link below.

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Care in the Community

Care in the Community

Approximately 2 million North Carolinians live with some kind of mental illness. The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health was founded to help the most vulnerable individuals in this population as they try to cope with the symptoms and stigma associated with mental illness. UNC Endeavers Magazine.

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Infant Imaging

Infant Imaging

Scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill are using MRI images to study the early development of the brain, and to discover potential early signs of autism. Dr. John Gilmore is the director of UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, Thad and Alice Eure Professor, and vice chair, research, in the UNC Department of Psychiatry.

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Karen Lamont joins Center's advisory board

Karen Lamont joins Center's advisory board

Karen Lamont, vice president, Kalos Golf in Chapel Hill, golf tour operator offering golf cruises and private jet tours around the world, recently joined the Center’s advisory board.

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Center receives three-year CARF Accredition

Center receives three-year CARF Accredition

The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health has received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services including behavioral medicine.

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UNC PAWS reaches fundraising goal

UNC PAWS is a Personal Support Dog program that provides therapeutic benefit to clients of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. The program rescues dogs from local shelters and works with a nonprofit that supervises inmates who train the dogs to become emotional support animals. Earlier this spring, PAWS announced it would need to raise $50,000 by the end of June to continue operations. As of this week, they have achieved the goal.

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Center's Annual Review 2016

Center's Annual Review 2016

We have had an exciting year at the Center. We continue to navigate the ever-changing mental health system to help individuals with serious mental illness in our local communities and to train mental health professionals around the State. Take a look at our recent accomplishments.

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Center's UNC PAWS program in danger of being defunded

UNC PAWS, a dog-training therapy program that helps clients with mental health disorders, might be suspended unless their fundraising campaign is successful.

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UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health receives $300,000 gift

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has given $300,000 to the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health to fund the development of a case management program within the center.

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White matter structure in the brain predicts cognitive function at ages 1 and 2

White matter structure in the brain predicts cognitive function at ages 1 and 2

This kind of new brain imaging study could help identify cognitive problems and psychiatric disorders very early and develop appropriate interventions.

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Center welcomes two new advisory board members

Center welcomes two new advisory board members

Board members support the mission of the Center by advocating to increase its visibility and by assisting with fundraising efforts. The board, created in May 2014, is voluntary.

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 Center's Wake County STEP, OASIS and ACT team honored

Center's Wake County STEP, OASIS and ACT team honored

The Center’s Wake County programs, STEP, OASIS and our Wake ACT Team, along with WakeBrook Crisis and Assessment and its programs, and the UNC Parent Assessment Program were honored as UNC Health Care Award as part of a leadership award that North Carolina Council of Community Programs presented to UNC Health Care on June 20 at the North Raleigh Hilton.

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Center's Third Annual No Limits Gala features Mike Veny

Center's Third Annual No Limits Gala features Mike Veny

Mark your calendar for November 17 for the Center's Third Annual No Limits Gala. Professional drummer and mental health advocate Mike Veny will be the featured speaker at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC Campus. He is founder of TransformingStigma.Com.

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2015 Annual Review

2015 Annual Review

It has been an exciting year at the Center, and we continue to grow our services to reach more individuals with mental illness and to train mental health professionals around the state. Diana Perkins, MD, MPH, and her team at UNC’s Outreach and Support Intervention Services (OASIS) expanded their services for adolescents and young adults to Wake County and are located on Glenwood Avenue. Our Dartmouth-modeled IPS Supported Employment program, which helps our patients find jobs, continues to be a great success.

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Fertile Acres

Fertile Acres

The Center's Farm at Penny Lane, which houses our innovative recovery and rehabilitation programs for individuals with severe mental illness, was featured in the March issue of the Carolina Alumni Review, courtesy of writer David Brown. This nearly 40-acre farm, located in Pittsboro, approximately, six miles from the UNC-Chapel Hill Campus, is home to a Community Garden, our Horticulture Therapy Program, bees, chickens and those cute puppies from our Puppy Development Center at Penny Lane. The puppies, including TRESSIE, were particularly pleased to be part of the article. Take a look; you'll love it!

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UNC program helps clients push through mental illness to success

Dr. Carol VanderZwaag who heads the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health 's Chatham Orange ACT team, has developed a Step Down program that fills a gap in transitioning ACT clients to lower intensity care. The pilot program serves Orange and Chatham Counties.

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Pets in residence

More colleges make space for Fluffy and Fido as a calming influence.

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