2013 Annual Review - The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health

Read highlights about our accomplishments in our 2013 Annual Review.

2013 Annual Review - The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health click to enlarge John Gilmore, MD, Director

2013 Annual Review

The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health was developed to help improve care in our local community and throughout the state. While change and uncertainty continues to define North Carolina’s mental health system, we at the Center continue to believe that the system should rely on treatment we know works, treatment that promotes individual recovery as much as possible, and in this fiscal environment, treatment that is cost effective.

The Center continues to grow to meet a variety of needs in central North Carolina and across the state.

Our highlights include:

The Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program (STEP) has expanded to serve Wake County in five locations, and we’ve added a new Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team there, too.

Our new Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) technical assistance center will assist the state in assessing and consulting with ACT teams across North Carolina to help ensure that individuals with severe mental illness are receiving person-centered, recovery-oriented services in their communities.

The Center recently received a grant to pilot a new supported employment program, which holds the promise of significantly improving one’s ability to enter the workforce after a serious mental illness.

We now have over 80 dedicated faculty and staff at the Center.

I invite you to peruse this Annual Review and read about our collaborations. Recently, a columnist for the New York Times suggested that 2014 should be a year in which we focus on the “crucial-but-neglected” issue of mental health. I hope you’ll agree that we are off to a good start!

Sincerely,

John Gilmore, MD
Director of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health