Director’s Message

July 3, 2019

It was a busy and exciting spring. Both our STEP and Community Psychiatrists’ Leadership symposiums were great successes. We were pleased to host our inaugural donors’ appreciation lunch in May. Congratulations to Thava Mahadevan, our operations director, who recently received Wake County NAMI’s inaugural Ann & Gerry Akland Person of Passion Award. You can read … Continued

Matt Ballard joins Farm at Penny Lane

July 3, 2019

Matt Ballard, MSW, MDiv, joined the Center in April as program manager at the Farm at Penny Lane, which houses the Center’s innovative mental health recovery programs such as Horticulture Therapy, Brushes with Life Arts program, UNC PAWS and wellness programs. The Farm typically serves individuals with serious mental illness. He will work closely with Center … Continued

Claudia Driver named clinical director at STEP Clinic at Carr Mill

July 3, 2019

Claudia Driver, MA, LMFT, clinical director and family therapist at Wake Encompass, was named clinical director for the UNC STEP (Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program) Clinic at Carr Mill in May. She continues to manage both clinics as she transitions to the Carr Mill Clinic. “Claudia brings a wealth of experience in direct provision of … Continued

Annual STEP Symposium focuses on social determinants of mental health and recovery

July 3, 2019

Twenty-sixth Annual STEP Symposium focuses on social determinants of mental health and recovery More than 100 patients, families and mental health professionals from around the State gathered April 6 at the UNC Friday Center to learn about community factors and other social determinants of health, including housing, transportation, food security, employment and social connectedness, which … Continued

Community psychiatrists’ leadership symposium features Carrie Brown

June 28, 2019

John Gilmore, MD, director of the  Network and the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, Thad and Alice Eure Distinguished Professor and vice chair, Research and Scientific Affairs, in the Department of Psychiatry, welcomed community psychiatrists and other leaders from around the State. He recognized North Carolina’s AHEC’s Alan Brown and Hugh Tilson … Continued

Center News Briefs

June 27, 2019

  Thava Mahadevan receives an inaugural Ann & Gerry Akland Person of Passion Award at Wake County NAMI Thava Mahadevan, MS, LCAS, director of operations at the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, received an inaugural Ann & Gerry Akland Person of Passion Award at NAMI Wake County’s 33rd Celebration of Courage Award … Continued

Editor

June 26, 2019

Newsletter Summer 2019 Reality Check Editor: Alice Lockhart Photography: Brian Stickland Photography Alec Himwich Photography Copyright – UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, CB 7160, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Director’s Message

December 17, 2018

It has been exciting and busy at the Center. We continue to grow our services to serve more individuals with serious mental illness in the Triangle and across the State. Thava Mahadevan, MS, our operations director, just received a new $2.4M federal  grant that will provide coordinated care for individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness … Continued

Center receives $2.4 million SAMHSA grant to address homelessness and provide comprehensive behavioral (mental health) care

December 17, 2018

The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health has received a $2.4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address homelessness and provide comprehensive behavioral (mental health) care and other services for individuals living with serious mental illnesses who are experiencing or who are at risk for homelessness. … Continued