Hope Grows Here, the Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health’s No Limits Gala, celebrates sixth year

The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health presents Hope Grows Here: Sixth Annual No Limits Gala at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC-CH campus November 7.

The celebration is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. and features a reception, a wandering dinner, live music by Souljam, plus a silent auction. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, the new chair at the UNC Department of Psychiatry, will be introduced. Register now.

Representative Verla Insko in the North Carolina House of Representatives from District 56, Orange County, will receive the Center’s Community Mental Health Advocacy Award for her contributions for improving mental health. The award is presented annually to an individual who has worked tirelessly to provide leadership in the community to improve mental health through education and/or advocacy. 

Representative Insko has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives since 1996. She has been honored by many organizations for her accomplishments as house chair of the Legislative Oversight Committee on Mental Health, including: Legislator of the Year Awards by NAMI NC and The ARC of North Carolina; a Leadership and Support of Mental Health Reform awarded by five agencies; the Dorothea Dix Spirit Award by the Mental Health Consumers Organization; the Valand Award by the North Carolina Mental Health Association; and the James D. Bernstein Excellence in Service to Children Award. 

 “We look forward to celebrating another successful year for the Center and to visiting with friends who support our mission,” said John Gilmore, MD, director of the Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health and Eure Professor, in the UNC Department of Psychiatry.

“It is a special pleasure to honor Rep. Verla Insko for her many years of persistent advocacy in the state legislature for a public mental health system that provides what individuals with mental health challenges need to recover and  to return to a meaningful life.”

The UNC Center of Excellence in Community Mental Health, in the Department of Psychiatry, serves patients at locations in Orange, Chatham and Wake counties. In FY 2018, the Center provided 36,330 visits, including clinics, ACT Teams and other programs, for individuals from 42 North Carolina counties.