Tuesday, September 22, 2009

NCGA: First Legislative Oversight Meeting MH/DD/SAS

The first Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services Joint Legislative Oversight meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday September 23, 2009.  

This year leaders in the General Assembly passed a budget that severely cut funding for people with mental health needs, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services. These cuts are draconian in nature and they will send members of these three communities into serious crisis. We as advocates must be vigilant in telling our elected leaders that they must work to restore these cuts during the next budget cycle.

If you are in Raleigh we encourage you to come to this meeting. If you are not in Raleigh we encourage you to listen on line by visiting the NC General Assembly Legislative website.

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on
Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, & Substance Abuse Services

September 23, 2009, 10:00 A.M.; Room 643, Legislative Office Building
Representative Verla Insko, Co-Chair Presiding

I. Greetings, Opening Comments and Introduction of Members
Representative Verla Insko, Co-Chair
Senator Martin Nesbitt, Co-Chair 10:00-10:15
II. Overview of 2009 Legislative Actions
Lisa Hollowell and Shawn Parker, LOC staff 10:15-11:00

III. DHHS Response to Budget Cuts and Enacted Legislation
Lanier Cansler, Secretary, DHHS 

Lunch 12:30-1:30

IV. Community Support Services
• Status of Community Support Services
Dr. Craighan Gray, MD, Director, DMA
• Overview for Transition
Leza Wainwright, Director, Div. of MH/DD/SAS 1:30-2:30

V. CAP-MR/DD Supports Waiver 
Leza Wainwright, Director, Div. of MH/DD/SAS 2:30-3:00

VI. DHHS- Divisions and Offices Organizational Structure
• Division of Medical Assistance
• Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
• Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities 
VII. Closing Comments and Adjourn
Representative Verla Insko, Co-Chair
Senator Martin Nesbitt, Co-Chair 

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