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Board BulletinOctober 9, 2009
Federal Grant Awarded for Jail Diversion Program
 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the award of six grants totaling more than $10 million over five years to support local and statewide expansion of jail diversion programs. In recognition of the dramatically higher prevalence of trauma related illnesses among veterans, this program will prioritize eligibility for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Grantee states will implement a diversion program in a pilot community and expand successful programs to other communities in the state.
 
Recovery Solutions, a collaborative committee of various stakeholders that has been working for over four years to develop a community response to mental health consumers who come in contact with the criminal justice system in Mecklenburg County, has been selected as the pilot program for North Carolina. Mecklenburg County has the second largest number of military personnel in the state. As many as 20% of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and most go untreated.
 
Recovery Solutions has been awarded $303,390 for the first year to divert veterans to community-based services to include trauma informed mental health and substance abuse treatment, case management, employment services and veteran specific peer support services. Continuation awards are subject to availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees.
 
For more information, contact AMH Director Grayce Crockett at 704-336-8638 or via email
 
 
Ceremony to Honor Valerie C. Woodard
 
On Thursday, October 22 at 10:00am the County’s Freedom Drive facility will host a naming ceremony in honor of the late Valerie C. Woodard. As you are aware, Commissioner Woodard passed away unexpectedly last year after eight years of dedicated service to our community.   
 
During her tenure on the Board, Commissioner Woodard championed many social causes, including fighting poverty, reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS, combating homelessness, and working for equal opportunities for women and minorities. In recognition of her life and service to the community, on January 21, 2009, the Board voted to approve the naming of our newly renovated facility that was formerly Freedom Mall in her honor.
 
The ceremony will take place at 3205 Freedom Drive, Charlotte in the large conference rooms (Wall A and B). For your convenience, please access the building from the Freedom Drive entrance and follow the signs for parking.
 
For more information, contact Real Estate Services Business Manager Rebecca Herbert at 704-336-2628 or via email.
- Harry L. Jones, Sr., County Manager
 
CALENDAR REMINDER
 
Tuesday, October 20
  • 3pm, Effective and Efficient Committee Meeting, 11th Floor Large Conference Room, CMGC
  • 3pm, Health and Community Support Services Committee Meeting, CH-14, CMGC
  • 5pm, Dinner Meeting, CH-14
  • 6pm, Regular Meeting, Chamber 


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