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North Carolina Hospital Association

Serving North Carolina Hospitals & Health Systems

Behavioral Health

The following is North Carolina hospitals' position on behavioral health policy issues as approved on Nov. 18, 2016:

North Carolina hospitals and health systems support access to appropriate levels of care for our behavioral health patients. The state should improve payment models to help behavioral health patients reach the right providers at the right time — and to compensate those providers for the care they provide, whether for crisis or non-crisis care. North Carolina should also remove all barriers to ensure that providers are enabled to refer patients to the right level of care, especially when the patient would otherwise wait in the Emergency Department.

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  • Dr. Nathan Copeland, psychiatry resident at UNC Hospitals, serves on the NCHA Behavioral Health Work Group. In this video clip, he shares his perspective on the challenges of North Carolina's current Involuntary Commitment law, especially on young patients.
  • Nicholle Karim, policy director for NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness) NC, discusses the stigmatization that results from North Carolina's outdated Involuntary Commitment laws.
  • Stephanie Greer, director of Behavioral Health Services at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, discusses the need for enhanced case management for individuals with behavioral health issues. 


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