UNC Health Care, Wake County Commissioners reach agreement on WakeBrook Campus

Wake County Commissioners, during their regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 15, approved an agreement with UNC Health Care that details the plan for the provision of services at Wake County’s WakeBrook Campus.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, UNC will assume management of Crisis and Assessment Services and The Recovery Center, a voluntary inpatient substance abuse program, currently provided at WakeBrook Campus. UNC will also begin operating a new 16-bed inpatient psychiatric program during 2013. UNC’s approach to the management of these programs will allow for a stable transition for consumers and will provide for a higher level of services locally for mental health and substance abuse needs.

“We view this agreement with Wake County as an important first step toward improving mental health services available in Wake County,” said Jack Naftel, MD, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine. “UNC Health Care is committed to assuming operations at the WakeBrook campus, expanding services at the facility, and enhancing the care provided for behavioral health patients.”

“The agreement emphasizes the county’s commitment to ensuring continuity of care for Wake County residents” said Wake County Manager David Cooke. “I’m confident this partnership with UNC will result in the best possible outcomes.”

Community stakeholders played an important role in the development of the agreement. “This is an important step to providing services that are needed in our community,” said Ann Akland, development director and past president of National Alliance on Mental Illness- Wake County Chapter. “NAMI is pleased to see the partnership move forward, and I look forward to continuing to work with Behavioral Health Partnership.”

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