AN INITIATIVE OF THE NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - DIVISION OF MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES
The NC Crisis Solutions Initiative focuses on identifying and implementing the best known strategies for crisis care while reducing avoidable visits to emergency departments and involvement with the criminal justice system for individuals in behavioral health crises.
The Initiative is built upon two key strategies: (1) The NC Department of Health and Human Services will work in partnership with all of the stakeholders in the crisis system to find what is working in locations across the state and nation, and evaluate what makes a crisis intervention strategy effective. (2) DHHS will find ways to replicate and sustain successful models by eliminating barriers, and establishing policy and funding to support those models.
Healthcare, government, law enforcement, and community leaders in North Carolina are coming together in the Crisis Solutions Coalition — finding better ways to help people in a behavioral health crisis and to increase the use of services to help individuals quickly resolve the crisis and get back to their homes, families, friends, and work. With earlier intervention strategies that prevent crisis altogether, each community in North Carolina can benefit from strengthened supports to help people.
August 10, 2015 — DHHS is pleased to announce plans to provide another (Adult) Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training, hosted by Cardinal Innovations in Chapel Hill, NC on October 19 – 23, 2015. This will be the seventh DHHS-sponsored instructor training in North Carolina and will continue the commitment to implementing Mental Health First Aid as part of Governor McCrory’s NC Center for Safer Schools and the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services’ Crisis Solutions Initiative.
June 18, 2015 — Four Local Management Entities/Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCOs) and their provider partners will pilot Critical Time Intervention, a program that assists adults with mental illness who are going through a transition phase in their recovery process. Critical Time Intervention is a focused, time-limited approach to case management that connects people with community supports as they transition into housing from homelessness, or from institutional settings, such as prisons and hospitals, into ongoing community-based services.