Training North Carolina’s community mental health professionals

As part of the top-ranked UNC School of Medicine, the Center is well-positioned to provide community training and technical assistance for mental healthcare professionals throughout the state.

NC Community Psychiatrists Network

The Center was engaged early with policy makers as the state developed a new model for mental health care, Clinical Access Behavioral Health Care Agencies (CABHAS) in 2010. Partnering with North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), the Center developed the Medical Directors’ Network (now NC Community Psychiatrists Network)  to provide support and training for medical directors and other leaders who head the new model.

Beginnings its10th year, the program continues to work closely with N.C AHEC and other founding partners NCDDHS and the North Carolina Psychiatric Association.

The leadership program serves psychiatrists/medical directors in MCOs, former CABHAs, CCCs, and CCNC and ACT psychiatrists and primary care physicians who are working with behavioral health groups. Additionally, the 2019-20 program will expand to include additional psychiatry residents from around the State.

UNC Institute for Best Practices

In collaboration with the N.C. Division of Mental Health, Institute staff conduct assessments of all North Carolina ACT and IPS supported employment teams. The Institute provides training and technical assistance to the State, MCO staff, provider community and several states..

Lorna Moser, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Center’s Institute for Best Practices, is principal investigator for a three-year, nearly $500,000 grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for a national study to look at Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) for individuals with serious mental illness. Learn more at UNC’s Vital Signs.