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.
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.
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.
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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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.