UNC PAWS (peer assisted wellness support) a shelter- to-pet program at The Farm at Penny Lane in Chatham County, is a program of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. UNC PAWS provides support for individuals with severe mental illness and prepares shelter dogs for a forever home.
At UNC PAWS, a new shelter-to-pet program at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, clinicians amplify those benefits by connecting shelter dogs with people who suffer from addiction disorders, depression and schizophrenia, among other severe mental illnesses.
Published in the Schizophrenic Bulletin, Diana Perkins, MD, medical director at OASIS, at the UNC Center of Excellence for Community Mental Health, is coauthor.
In a collaboration between the UNC School of Social Work and the Duke Divinity School, Dustin Rawlins, who is in his fourth year in the program, completed his field placement this past spring with the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, where he worked in a critical time intervention (CTI) model with community partners such as psychiatrists and mental health workers.
The Center's Annie Kelly, MD, heads the new psychiatric street medicine program that is a designated AHEC psychiatric training site. She and psychiatry residents Anisha Gulati, MD, and Alicia Watson, MD, spend Thursdays assisting the homeless with mental illness as they make rounds on and around Chapel Hill's Franklin Street.
The Center's Caroline Ginley heads the Community Outreach Court (CRC) program. A collaboration with Judicial District 15-Orange and Chatham counties, CRC addresses the needs of individuals with diagnosed mental disorders who become involved with the criminal courts in Orange or Chatham County. CRC was formerly an OPC area program. Ginley and CRC colleague Jim White are located at the Center's Carr Mill location.
Interview with Thava Mahadevan, MS, director and founder of The Farm at Penny Lane and director of operations at the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health
John Gilmore, MD, vice chair of Research and Scientific Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Duke Researcher Richard Mooney, PhD, discuss "Why Schizophrenics Hear Voices" on NPR's The State of Things.
John Gilmore, MD, and Van Eure from the Foundation of Hope discuss the history of the Walk for Hope and the upcoming event. scheduled October 13.