Mental-Health Advocates Cautiously Endorse State Reforms
The state has announced changes in the mental-health system, and advocates for the mentally ill are encouraged but waiting for results.Posted — Updated
The department said many changes will go in effect March 1. New qualifications for care providers will be effective July 1.
As part of the transformation plan, Benton will have day-to-day direction of all 14 of the state's public mental-health facilities. He will have a work group analyze the state's crisis-service system and the state's overall strategy for inpatient services.
Another aspect of the plan keeps Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh open for 60 additional days beyond the closing that had been slated for February.
"Secretary Benton has the right ideas. I think he cares." Ann Akland said. She and others need to see change happen, though.
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