Crisis Solutions Initiative Conference Held
On January 20, 2015, the NC Practice Improvement Collaborative and the Crisis Solutions Initiative sponsored a conference on crisis services, inviting four leaders in the field to present. Speakers included David Covington, CEO and president of Recovery Innovations; Mary Smith, Executive Director, REAL Crisis Intervention, Inc.; Larry Villano, Chief Operations Officer of Terros and the Clinic Operations Director for the Choices Network of Arizona; and Becky Stoll; Vice President, Crisis and Disaster Management of Centerstone. In addition, Dr. Aldona Wos, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, presented her vision for the State: to eliminate stigma; to embrace the use of technology to its fullest extent; to promote community-based services at the time and place care is needed; to provide inpatient care as close to home as possible, combined with appropriate transitional services; and to support the recovery model for all people with mental illness.
One hundred sixty-three providers, LME/MCO staff, state agency staff, consumers, and advocates attended the meeting and evaluated it highly. PowerPoint presentations are available for download and videos of each session may be viewed on the NC PIC website.