The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health was developed to help improve care in our local community and throughout the state.While change and uncertainty continues to define North Carolina’s mental health system, we at the Center continue to believe that the system should rely on treatment we know works, treatment that promotes individual recovery as much as possible, and in this fiscal environment, treatment that is cost- effective.The Center continues to grow to meet a variety of needs in central North Carolina and across the state.
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.
The exhibit featured art from Brushes with Life artists, the movie by the same name, and artwork created by local area Charlotte artists who are adults living with mental illness.
Medical Directors from the state's public mental health system get updates from the state's new Medicaid Director.
The new technical assistance center will support ACT teams by providing ongoing program evaluation and quality improvement consultation.