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.
- North Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Improve Mental Health System - April 5, 2017
NCHA Partners with Emergency Physicians, Pharmacists on Opioid Management Guidelines - April 28, 2017
- Summary of Proposed Legislation: Involuntary Commitment Statute Changes to Improve Behavioral Healthcare
- NCHA's Cody Hand, Sr. VP of Gov. Relations, and Julia Wacker, VP of Community and Behavioral Health, spoke on WPTF-AM's radio show, "You Don't Say With Rick and Donna Martinez," about our goals for behavioral health reforms during the 2017 North Carolina legislative session. Listen now...
- INFOGRAPHIC: North Carolina Behavioral Health By the Numbers
Hear from Experts
- 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for NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness) NC, discusses the stigmatization that results from North Carolina's outdated Involuntary Commitment laws.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.
Hear from Families
- Donna Kay knows the pain of watching a family member struggle with mental illness. Learn why she supports the state's effort to reform North Carolina's 20-year old involuntary commitment law.