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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

April 21, 2003


Charlotte, NC -- How Mecklenburg County plans to follow state required reform and work with the community to provide needed services for residents with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse issues is the topic of an upcoming public forum.

Officials with the Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health Authority (AMHA) have planned a public forum, "Changes in Community Mental Health," for Tuesday, April 29, 2003. The forum is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3239 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte.

"The Area Mental Health Authority is involved in some of the most sweeping mental health reform seen in North Carolina in the past 30 years," said Grayce Crockett, AMHA director. "This reform will transform the current 39 Area Mental Health Authorities in North Carolina from providers of mental health services to managers of those services."

North Carolina is mandating that every area program create a business plan to direct how it will manage the increasingly limited funds available for mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability services.

The community forum is the first in a series of such opportunities for AMHA employees and County residents to meet and share information. AMHA will present information about new and important roles for communities, clients, families and service providers. Community residents are invited to talk about ways AMHA can change or improve to better provide those services.

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