On September 15, the inaugural meeting of the Task Force was held. Co-chaired by Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin and NC DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer, the Task Force has been charged with the identification and implementation of evidence-based behavioral health practices (see duties, as outlined in Executive Order 76).

Meetings are open to the public. NCPIC members are encouraged to attend as they will have the opportunity to share their expertise and experience at these meetings.

To meet the May 1, 2015 deadline for the final report, the Task Force will work in one of three workgroups—children, youth, and families co-chaired by Karen Ellis and William Lassiter; adults co-chaired by John Santopietro, MD and George Solomon; and prescription opioid use, the resurgence of heroin, and other specialty topics co-chaired by Sheriff Asa Buck III and Bruce Capehart, MD. Each workgroup will meet independently of the entire Task Force and will report at each of the four subsequent meetings. The Task Force will meet on October 29, 2015, January 19, 2016, March 8, 2016, and April 7, 2016 at the McKimmon Center on Education and Training at NC State University. Read more