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  • Mental Health Task Force issues somber report by Taylor Sisk - Carrboro Citizen - Oct. 15, 2009

  • Mental health advocates call for action video on WRAL - Oct. 14, 2009

  • Mental health care providers brace for state funding cuts by John Henderson - Rocky Mount Telegram - Oct. 5, 2009

  • Funding cuts reduce quantity, not quality, of service by Ellen S. Holliman - Herald-Sun - Oct. 5, 2009

  • Budget cuts hitting mental health with 'vengeance' WRAL - Oct. 1, 2009

  • Quietly caring for the sick by LUCIANA CHAVEZ - The News & Observer - Oct. 1, 2009

  • Eastpointe will cut some patient care by Matt Whittle - Goldsboro News Argus - Sept. 29, 2009

  • N.C. lawmakers positive even with mental health cuts by GARY D. ROBERTSON - WRAL - Sept. 27, 2009

  • Mental health feels pinch by Phillip D. Brown - Richmond County Daily Journal - Sept. 12, 2009

  • Mental health advocates demand WakeMed provide psychiatric beds by Bob Geary - Independent Weekly - August 29, 2009

  • Dix will stay open; city park plan in limbo by Michael Biesecker - The News & Observer - August 28, 2009

  • Cuts feared for mental health by Colin McCandless - The Franklin Press - July 23, 2009

  • Report: $635 million slipped away by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - July 7, 2009

  • Shame on the system - Winston-Salem Journalnow.com - July 1, 2009

  • Mental hospitals may lose schools by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - June 30, 2009

  • Cut care, invite trouble by Ruth Sheehan - Raleigh News & Observer - June 29, 2009

  • DRNC Gears Up for Legal Battles - June 23, 2009

  • Nude photo found on hospital phone - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - June 23, 2009

  • Mental health care advocates make case against budget cuts - by Natasha Robinson - Rocky Mountain Telegram - June 19, 2009

  • Buncombe officials worry state may grab mental heath funds - by Dale Neal - Ashville Citizen-Times.com - June 3, 2009

  • Provider happy about ECBH takeover - by Reggie Ponder - DailyAdvance.com - June 2, 2009

  • Breaking point - Raleigh News & Observer - June 2, 2009

  • New Bern agency to manage AMHC - by Reggie Ponder - DailyAdvance.com - June 1, 2009

  • Hospital crisis: Wait of 8 days - by Richard Craver - Winston-Salem Journalnow.com - June 1, 2009

  • Center tries to patch the holes in the mental health safety net - by Leslie Boyd - Ashville Citizen-Times.com - May 30, 2009

  • Patient advocates: N.C.'s mental health system needs fixing - by Gary D. Robertson - WRAL - May 28, 2009

  • Mental patients turned away in Wake - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - May 29, 2009

  • Gastonia mental health clinic closes, leaving clients with unanswered questions - by Michael Barrett - Gastonia Gazette - April 12, 2009

  • Rockingham County To Change Mental Health Services - Digitriad.com - April 12, 2009

  • TN Editorial: Reforming 'reform' won't be easy - BlueRidgeNow.com - April 1, 2009

  • Report: Mental-health basics unsettled - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - March 31, 2009

  • Mental health provider closes offices statewide - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - March 7, 2009

  • Funding drop affects mental health services - by Seth Stratton - TheDispatch.com - March 6, 2009

  • DHHS head: Arrests show we're serious - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - March 5, 2009

  • Restructuring at NC mental health division - by Leslie Boyd - Ashville Citizen-Times - March 3, 2009

  • Four more placed on leave at Cherry - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - February 26, 2009

  • Perdue visits children at Butner - Raleigh News & Observer - February 25, 2009

  • Fix it, now - Raleigh News & Observer - February 24, 2009

  • Mental-health study: Service little improved - Winston-Salem Journal - February 24, 2009

  • Some doubt benefits of psychiatric ER plan - Winston-Salem Journal - February 23, 2009

  • AMHC delays 401k, travel payments - Agency also plans to shrink office space - by Reggie Ponder - DailyAdvance.com - February 17, 2009

  • Funding for Dix and Butner at risk - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - February 7, 2009

  • Officials: N.C. mental health patients can still get care - by Catherine Kozak - The Virginian-Pilot - January 30, 2009

  • Forsyth Co. Mental Health Services Detailed In Report - WXII12.com - January 30, 2009

  • New job yanked from resigned mental health director - by Julia Merchant - Smoky Mountain News - January 28, 2009

  • Better mental health care, better N.C. economy - by John Gilmore - Raleigh News & Observer - January 26, 2009

  • Sheriff: Mental health system 'a total failure' - by Reggie Ponder - DailyAdvance.com - January 25, 2009

  • Patient buried before Cherry filed report to pathologist - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - January 25, 2009

  • State: First 100 days critical to rebound - by Reggie Ponder - DailyAdvance.com - January 24, 2009

  • Perdue visits Cherry Hospital - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - January 24, 2009

  • State to reopen AMHC crisis unit Inpatient psychiatric unit possible - by Reggie Ponder - DailyAdvance.com - January 22, 2009

  • 3 charged in psych-patient abuse - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - January 15, 2009

  • Report: Many addicts not getting help - by Thomas Goldsmith - Raleigh News & Observer - January 14, 2009

  • State to take over AMHC - by Reggie Ponder - DailyAdvance.com - January 14, 2009

  • NC regulators tracking center's problems - Reflector.coml - January 14, 2009

  • Helping the mentally ill - Winston-Salem Journal - January 7, 2009

  • Insider chosen to lead DHHS - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - January 7, 2009

  • State finds lax fiscal management at AMHC - Daily Advance - January 6, 2009

  • Mental Health Report: Budget Reduction Will Cut Services - by Brian Haney - MyDailyRecord.com - January 6, 2009

  • State chief: AMHC not denied waiver - by Reggie Ponder - Daily Advance - January 5, 2009

  • Easley's mental health reform a ‘train wreck' - by Leslie Boyd - Ashville Citizen Times - January 2, 2009

  • AMHC workers get layoff notices - by Reggie Ponder - Daily Advance.com - January 2, 2009

  • The Case For Mental Health In Harnett - by Brian Haney - MyDailyRecord.com - December 31, 2008

  • Breakdown: Amid the doom and gloom, positive developments in Orange County - by Taylor Sisk - Carrboro Citizen - December 31, 2008

  • Cherry's troubles await Perdue - by Michael Biesecker and Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - December 28, 2008

  • New River mental-health service reports a big loss - by Sherry Youngquist - Winston-Salem Journal - December 27, 2008

  • Emergency Mental Health Services shut down at Balsam Center - by D. Linsey Wisdom - The Macion County News - December 23, 2008

  • AMHC cuts jobs, closing clinics - by Reggie Ponder - DailyAdvance.com - December 20, 2008

  • Butner hospital passes muster - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - December 20, 2008

  • State names interim director at Cherry Hospital - by Phyllis Moore - Goldsboro News-Argus - December 18, 2008

  • Mental health agency plans to resume its child outreach - by Mike Hixenbaugh - Rocky Mount Telegram - December 20, 2008

  • Reports of death, rape allegation censored - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - December 19, 2008

  • Nightmare - Raleigh News & Observer - December 17, 2008

  • Former hospital staffer: Why I quit social work at Umstead - Raleigh News & Observer - December 16, 2008

  • Cherry Hospital chief quitting - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - December 13, 2008

  • Mental health offices may lose funding if they don't improve care - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - December 10, 2008

  • Hospital worker charged in abuse - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - December 4, 2008

  • DHHS secretary soon to step down - by Mark Johnson and Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - December 4, 2008

  • Central Regional another signal of troubled system - WRAL.com - December 3, 2008

  • Mental hospital deemed unsafe - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - December 3, 2008

  • State budget shortfall shouldn’t result in mental health cuts - Asheville Citizen Times - November 30, 2008

  • Editorial: This 'culture' must change - Star News Online - November 29, 2008

  • Chapel Hill task force to monitor mental health care - Raleigh News & Observer - November 28, 2008

  • Staff improperly restrained patient - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - November 21, 2008

  • Hospital must repair its culture, official says - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - November 21, 2008

  • Half is not enough for mental health - NC Policy Watch - Chris Fitzsimon - November 20, 2008

  • Three fired in death of patient - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - November 20, 2008

  • Caught on camera - Raleigh News & Observer - November 20, 2008

  • Tape shows progress of a death - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - November 19, 2008

  • Patients wait days for beds - by Ruth Sheehan - Raleigh News & Observer - November 17, 2008

  • State spending on mental health program cut by 50 percent - Ashville Citizen-Times - November 14, 2008

  • Mental health study OK'd - by Colin McCandless - The Franklin Press - November 14, 2008

  • HRMC's new mental health facility will serve region - by Andre A. Rodriguez - Haywood County News - November 13, 2008

  • State To Reallocate Mental Health Money - by Bruce Ferrell - North Carolina News Network - October 31, 2008

  • Mental health agencies in dispute over funding - by Ben Brown - The State Port Pilot - October 29, 2008

  • No word on when Southeastern Center services will be restored - by Casey Roman - WECT 6 Online - October 28, 2008

  • Mental health reform fails to empower - by Quintin Ellison - The Cherokee Scout - October 28, 2008

  • Sandhills Center Copes With Changes Brought by Reform - by Florence Gilkeson - The Pilot - October 24, 2008

  • Lawmakers to weigh mental-health funding during tough economy - by Vicky Eckenrode - Star News Online - October 18, 2008

  • Presidential Candidate MHDDSA Forum - Featuring Marvin Swartz, M.D and John Blackshear, Ph.D. - Tuesday, October 21st Time: 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Where: Meredith College Chapel, Raleigh NC

  • Cherry director speaks out on negative hospital report - by Phyllis Moore - News-Argus - October 15, 2008

  • Broughton mental hospital denied appeal - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - October 15, 2008

  • State was warned on mental health billing - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - October 4, 2008

  • Broughton loses accreditation appeal - by Sharon McBrayer - Hickory Daily Record - October 9, 2008

  • Report suggests fixes for mental health system - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - October 9, 2008

  • Employees travel widely on hospital gifts - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - October 5, 2008

  • AMHC funding shortfall forcing cuts - by Reggie Ponder - Daily Advance - October 4, 2008

  • Shattered MH System Not Easy to Repair - by Aaron Levin - Psychiatric News - October 3, 2008

  • Move of Dix patients now on hold - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - October 2, 2008

  • Embattled director of mental health agency resigns - by Julia Merchant - Smoky Mountain News - September 24, 2008

  • Group asks judge to stop Dix closing - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - September 23, 2008

  • Patients at risk - Raleigh News & Observer - September 23, 2008

  • OMH in bind over mental health - by Lindell Kay - JDNews.com - September 23, 2008

  • Ahearn: Choices few for homeless mentally ill - by Lorraine Ahearn - Greensboro News & Record - September 21, 2008

  • Red tape strangling some mental health caregivers - by Matthew E. Milliken - The Herald-Sun - September 21, 2008

  • Mental health providers suggest tweaks to PCP rule - by Matthew E. Milliken - The Herald-Sun - September 21, 2008

  • Move to new hospital risky, Dix staffers say - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - September 20, 2008

  • Mental Health Beds At Standstill - by Brian Haney - Daily Record, Dunn, NC - September 19, 2008

  • Most Dix patients to move by Oct. 8 - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - September 19, 2008

  • Cherry Hospital chief talks about its future - Goldsboro News-Argus - September 17, 2008

  • Mental health system has improved; give it a chance - Herald-Sun - September 17, 2008

  • N.C.’s mental health disgrace: Nowhere to go but up - Asheville Citizen-Times - September 14, 2008

  • Medicaid screener prefers state rule- By Matthew E. Milliken - Herald-Sun - September 14, 2008

  • Hospital cures - Raleigh News & Observer - September 14, 2008

  • Feds: Cherry Hospital decertified - Goldsboro News-Argus - September 12, 2008

  • Feds drop funding of second mental hospital - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - September 12, 2008

  • Breakdown: A once-effective system spins out of control - by Taylor Fisk - Carrboro Citizen - September 11, 2008

  • Contractor fights for screening job - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - September 9, 2008

  • The maddening, mystifying mental health mess - by Chris Fitzsimon - NC Policy Watch - - September 2, 2008

  • Transcript of the August 20, 2008 McCrory-Perdue debate regarding mental health

  • Investigators say Cherry should lose funds - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - September 2, 2008

  • Sunday Forum - Raleigh News & Observer - August 31, 2008

  • Lt. Governor Perdue says she would have vetoed mental health reform bill - Raleigh News & Observer - August 31, 2008

  • Cuts could hurt state's mentally ill - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - August 30, 2008

  • Lost in a lost system: a new report confirms fears - by Taylor Fisk - Carrboro Citizen - August 29, 2008

  • Mental hospital to be run by outside firm - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - August 29, 2008

  • A resource for mental health - by Harold Carmel - Raleigh News & Observer - August 29, 2008

  • Patient advocates: N.C.'s mental health system needs fixing - WRAL - August 28, 2008

  • The true picture - Raleigh News & Observer - August 27, 2008

  • Feds descend on Cherry Hospital - by Michael Biesecker & Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - August 27, 2008

  • Lawmaker: Lack of pay to blame for broken mental health system - WRAL - August 26, 2008

  • Hospital takes steps to keep money - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - August 26, 2008

  • SBI probing patient's death - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - August 26, 2008

  • State closes ward at Cherry Hospital - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - August 22, 2008

  • DHHS Secretary Takes Action for Patient Care at Cherry Hospital, Goldsboro - NC Department of Health and Human Services - August 22, 2008

  • Hospital death is appalling, intolerable - Charlotte Observer - August 22, 2008

  • Report: Reforms lacked controls - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - August 21, 2008

  • A patient lost in the shuffle - Greensboro News Record - August 20, 2008

  • Cherry's failure - Raleigh News & Observer - August 20, 2008

  • Christian to help fix Cherry Hospital - Raleigh News & Observer - August 20, 2008

  • Nurses ignored patient as he died - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - August 19, 2008

  • N.C. Patient Dies While Staff Plays Cards - CBS - August 19, 2008

  • Mental hospital loses accreditation - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - August 15, 2008

  • Easley's press officers deter us from digging for you - by John Drescher - Raleigh News & Observer - August 4, 2008

  • A bigger problem - Raleigh News & Observer - August 1, 2008

  • ... just fix it, please - Raleigh News & Observer - August 1, 2008

  • Divided board OKs mental health director’s contract - by Julia Merchant - Smoky Mountain News - July 30, 2008

  • State takes control of mental health facility's finances - by Vicky Eckenrode - StarNewsOnline - July 30, 2008

  • Mental health: Has N.C. done enough? - by Caroline Curran - Brunswick Beacon - July 30, 2008

  • Staff shortage at new hospital - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - July 30, 2008

  • DHHS chief: Mental health fix needs better tools - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - July 27, 2008

  • Audit raps community support mental health services - Asheville Citizen Times - July 27, 2008

  • Meeting mental health needs locally - by Matthew E. Milliken - Herald-Sun - July 27, 2008

  • Mental patient escapes briefly during transfer - Raleigh News & Observer - July 22, 2008

  • First patients go to Butner facility - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - July 22, 2008

  • Mental health care gets attention in Raleigh - by Jordan Schrader - Asheville Citizen Times - July 21, 2008

  • Butner hospital ready - Herald-Sun - July 20, 2008

  • DHHS lax on oversight, auditor finds - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - July 17, 2008

  • Boseman seeks audit of Southeastern Mental Health- by Vicky Eckenrode - Star News - June 27, 2008

  • Pat McCrory has called for Dorothea Dix hospital to remain open for another year - Raleigh News & Observer - June 27, 2008

  • Pat McCrory: Keep Dix Open - Raleigh News & Observer - June 27, 2008

  • Southeastern board cuts building plans to stave off service cuts- by Vicky Eckenrode - Star News - June 26, 2008

  • Mental patient's death ruled a suicide - Raleigh News & Observer - June 24, 2008

  • The case for Dix - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - June 26, 2008

  • Federal auditors to check mental health service records - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - June 22, 2008

  • Another attack at Dix rekindles concerns - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - June 21, 2008

  • Another bad mental health care decision - by Raymond Turpin - Smoky Mountain News - June 18, 2008

  • Change fails this patient - by Ruth Sheehan - Raleigh News & Observer - June 16, 2008

  • Nurse beaten at state mental hospital - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - June 11, 2008

  • Fixing mental health programs' reforms - Charlotte Observer - June 8, 2008

  • Mental health reform 2.0 - by Chris Fitzsimon - NC Policy Watch - June 9, 2008

  • Mental health crisis station might not reopen - by Vicky Eckenrode - Star News Online - June 6, 2008

  • Southeastern Center for Mental Health expects new fiscal year to be tight - by Vicky Eckenrode - Star News Online - June 5, 2008

  • State report advises adding 700 jobs in mental health field - by Leslie Boyd - Asheville Citizen Times - June 8, 2008

  • State report advises adding 700 jobs in mental health field - by Leslie Boyd - Asheville Citizen Times - June 8, 2008

  • Officers spend 93.5 hours on involuntary commitment - The News Herald - Morganton.com - June 4, 2008

  • Acute condition - Raleigh News & Observer - June 4, 2008

  • Mental hospital opening put off - by Lynn Bonner and Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - June 3, 2008

  • Reports hammer mental health care - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - May 31, 2008

  • Psychiatrists: Don't open till hospital's safe - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - May 28, 2008

  • What's the rush? - Raleigh News & Observer - May 28, 2008

  • Ready or not, hospital will open - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - May 24, 2008

  • Mental health staffing suffers acute shortage - by Leslie Boyd - Asheville Citizen Times - May 22, 2008

  • Mental health rally upbeat - by Gary D. Robertson, The Associated Press - Raleigh News & Observer - May 22, 2008

  • Safety risks persist at hospital - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - May 21, 2008

  • Walk is rallying cry for mentally ill - by Eric Ferreri - Raleigh News & Observer - May 18, 2008

  • Funds for mental health in governor's plan - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - May 12, 2008

  • Easley's 'sin taxes' called unlikely - by Benjamin Niolet, Dan Kane and Mark Johnson - Raleigh News & Observer - May 13, 2008

  • Mental health system comes full circle - by Ruth Sheehan - Raleigh News & Observer - May 12, 2008

  • Roundtable tries to close mental health gaps - BlueRidgeNow.com - May 6, 2008

  • Officials discuss mental health concerns - Goldsboro News - May 6, 2008

  • Survey Answers on Mental Health Questions - Associated Press on WRAL.com - April 25, 2008

  • Governor candidates have own plans to fix mental health system - by Gary D. Robertson Associated Press on StarNewsOnline.com - April 25, 2008

  • Local Providers Call for Gradual Mental-Health Reform - WRAL.com - April 24, 2008

  • State wants to merge local offices - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - April 18, 2008

  • Feds withhold $175 million from state - by Pat Stith - Raleigh News & Observer - April 17, 2008

  • System failure looming - by Mark Sullivan - Chapel Hill News - April 16, 2008

  • Poor aftercare cited in 3 deaths - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - April 16, 2008

  • State faces lawsuit over mental health - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - April 8, 2008

  • Good health ideas - Raleigh News & Observer - April 11, 2008

  • Help for the suffering - by Julie Merchant - Smoky Mountain News - April 9, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Butner mental hospital warned - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - April 8, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - State keeps mentally ill teen at jail - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - April 7, 2008

  • In North Carolina, Really Outsider Art - by Lee Smith - for the New York Times - April 6, 2008

  • Mentally ill eager to help fix system - by Jordan Schrader - Ashville Citizen-Times - April 4, 2008

  • DHHS releases Mercer report on LMEs - April 4, 2008

  • Reforming Mental Health Reform - The State of Things - NC Public Radio - April 1, 2008

  • Health-services provider is unusual success - Winston-Salem Journal - March 30, 2008

  • Fixes for mental care put forward - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - March 30, 2008

  • How the candidates would fix metal health care system - Raleigh News & Observer - March 30, 2008

  • Repairing the reforms - Charlotte Observer - March 31, 2008

  • A mind for reform - Raleigh News & Observer - March 28, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Mental health deaths must be reported - by Lynn Bonner and Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - March 27, 2008

  • Details surface on death of mental patient - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - March 20, 2008

  • State's top mental health officials say safety net needs repairs - by Leslie Boyd - Asheville Citizen-Times - March 19, 2008

  • Mental health agency recruits providers - by Ginny Hoyle - Herald-Sun - March 17, 2008

  • Governor candidates tackle mental health - by Jordan Schrader - Asheville Citizen-Times - March 17, 2008

  • Mental health plan in works - by Taylor Sisk - Carrboro Citizen - March 6, 2008

  • Mental health plan in works - by Pat Stith and Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - March 11, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - What is state doing to fix the system? - by Pat Stith - Raleigh News & Observer - March 11, 2008

  • DHHS official retires - Raleigh News & Observer

  • Easley vows to fix mental health system - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - March 10, 2008

  • Mental hospital's opening delayed third time - by Michael Biesecker and Pat Stith - Raleigh News & Observer - March 7, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Easley seeks power to fix mental health - by Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - March 5, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Fired press aide: Easley office wanted e-mail killed - by Dan Kane and Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - March 5, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Fired press aide: Easley office wanted e-mail killed - by Dan Kane and Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - March 5, 2008

  • Governor Easley on Mental Health - WUNC - March 5, 2008

  • Easley says he opposed reform, Crane fired - Raleigh News & Observer - March 5, 2008

  • Easley talks about mental health system - Raleigh News & Observer - March 5, 2008

  • Orr Releases Mental Health Plan and calls for Investigation of Failed Mental Health Reform

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Lawmakers promise better care - by Lynn Bonner and Michael Biesecker - Raleigh News & Observer - March 4, 2008

  • Fundraiser passes ethics test - Lynn Bonner, Dan Kane and Ryan Teague Beckwith - Raleigh News & Observer - March 3, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Patients die from poor care; families don't hear full story - by Michael Biesecker and Brooke Cain - Raleigh News & Observer - March 2, 2008

  • Series touches a nerve - by Dan Barkin - Raleigh News & Observer - March 1, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Caregivers abuse patients -- and usually get away with it - by Michael Biesecker and David Raynor - Raleigh News & Observer - March 1, 2008

  • 2 to share top mental-health job - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - March 1, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Crowded hospitals turn patients away - by Michael Biesecker and Pat Stith - Raleigh News & Observer - March 1, 2008

  • New Leadership Team Set for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services - February 29, 2008

  • Mental Health Care Downsizing - by Rose Hoban - North Carolina Public Radio - February 29, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Serious mental therapy fades - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - February 28, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Opting out of federal rules, Piedmont pays for better care - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - February 28, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Patients in crisis can't get local help - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - February 28, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - System stymies care for alcohol, drug abuse - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - February 28, 2008

  • State office hopefuls discuss mental health - by Amy Eagleburger and Devin Rooney - Daily Tar Heel - February 26, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Companies cash in on new service - by Lynn Bonner, Pat Stith and David Raynor - Raleigh News & Observer - February 26, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - Community support can help if it's well-focused - by Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - February 26, 2008

  • Series: Mental Disorder: the Failure of Reform - State clamps down on claims - by Pat Stith and Lynn Bonner - Raleigh News & Observer - February 26, 2008

  • At $61 an hour, community support provided a movie buddy and a shopping companion - Raleigh News & Observer - February 26, 2008

  • Mental Disorder: The Failure of Reform - Multimedia - Raleigh News & Observer - February 24, 2008

  • Reform wastes millions, fails mentally ill - Raleigh News & Observer - February 24, 2008

  • State's mental health leader quits - Raleigh News & Observer - February 22, 2008

  • State's Mental Health Service Providers Struggle - NBC 17 - Feb. 23, 2008

  • Mosely Retires as Director of North Carolina Mental Health Services - Feb. 22, 2008

  • Mental Disorder: Failure of reform - Raleigh News & Observer - February 21, 2008

    February 25 - Coalition Candidate Forum

    The Coalition is hosting a Candidate Forum from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the RBC Center in Raleigh. All major party candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor are being invited to attend and participate in this forum. Each candidate will be offered 30-45 minutes to come before those attending the forum and address various issues relating to mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse. Candidates will be given time for a brief statement, be given four questions on topics we suggest they address, and will then have some time for moderated audience questions. This is NOT a debate. Candidates will each have their own time slot. Please join us to hear and be heard during this important election year. This event is free and open to the public – registration not necessary.

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  • Four Drug-Free centers to close in NC - News 14 Carolina - February 20, 2008

  • Partnership For A Drug-Free NC Will Close Four Clinics - February 18, 2008

  • N.C. Mental health care suffers funding cut - The Daily Tar Heel - February 15, 2008

  • New Mental Health-Care Policy Has to Change, Easley Says - WRAL - Febuary 7, 2008

  • Mental health provider cutting services - Raleigh News & Observer - February 6, 2008

  • Policy Change May Send More Disabled People to State Hospitals - WRAL - February 4, 2008

  • Mental health advocacy groups launched a website - USA Today - January 24, 2008

  • The search for solutions - HRMC steps up to help fix mental health care by Julia Merchant - Smoky Mountain News - 1-23-08

  • New mental health Web site targets N.C. candidates - Greensboro News and Record - January 23, 2008

  • WNC sheriffs convene mental health summit - by Barbara McRae - The Franklin Press - January 20, 2008

  • Few facilities available for extreme mental patients by Janet Conner-Knox - Wilson Times - 1-18-08

  • New River Behavioral Healthcare - Working for a broader approach to treatment by Scott Nicholson - Mountain Times - 1-17-08

  • The state of mental health care - A fractured system is in danger of breaking down completely, leaving officials wondering - how did it get this bad? - by Julia Merchant - Smoky Mountain News - January 16, 2008

  • MHA/NC News Release - North Carolina Candidates for Governor Address Topics in Mental Health, Developmental Disability, and Substance Abuse - January 15, 2008

  • WilMed closing psych ward - by Janet Conner-Knox - Wilson Times - January 7, 2008
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