The Future of Crisis Response in North Carolina

Follow-up to the Practice Improvement Collaborative Conference on January 20, 2015

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On January 20, 2015, the NC Practice Improvement Collaborative and the Crisis Solutions Initiative sponsored a conference on crisis services, inviting four leaders in the field to present. Speakers included: David Covington, CEO and president of Recovery Innovations; Mary Smith, Executive Director, REAL Crisis Intervention, Inc.; Larry Villano, Chief Operations Officer of Terros and the Clinic Operations Director for the Choices Network of Arizona; and Becky Stoll; Vice President, Crisis and Disaster Management of Centerstone. In addition, Dr. Aldona Wos, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, presented her vision for the State: to eliminate stigma; to embrace the use of technology to its fullest extent; to promote community-based services at the time and place care is needed; to provide inpatient care as close to home as possible, combined with appropriate transitional services; and to support the recovery model for all people with mental illness .

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One hundred sixty-three providers, LME/MCO staff, state agency staff, consumers, and advocates attended the meeting and evaluated it highly. View a write-up of the conference from North Carolina Health News.

View Meeting Agenda

 

Watch the Meeting:

Part 1

Welcome
Courtney Cantrell, Ph.D., Director, North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

Background and Introduction of the Day
Flo Stein, Deputy Director, Community Policy Management Section, North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

The Crisis Solutions Initiative in North Carolina
Crystal Farrow, Project Manager, Crisis Solutions Initiative, North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

Not Another Life to Lose
David Covington, CEO and President, Recovery Innovations, Phoenix, AZ

Part 2 (last 20 minutes)

The Time for Crisis is Now
David Covington, CEO and President, Recovery Innovations, Phoenix, AZ

Part 3

The North Carolina Vision for Crisis Solutions
Dr. Aldona Wos, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Building a Crisis Response Network
Larry Villano, Chief Operations Officer, Terros and Clinic Operations Director, Choices Network of Arizona

Part 4

State of the Art in Crisis Services
Becky Stoll, Vice President for Crisis and Disaster Management, Centerstone, Nashville

Panel Discussion / Q&A
David Covington, Mary Smith, Becky Stoll, and Larry Villano
Moderated by Crystal Farrow

Implementation Survey and Wrap Up
Flo Stein

 

Download Presentations:

Not Another Life to Lose – David Covington, LPC, MBA

The Time for Crisis is Now – David Covington, LPC, MBA

State of the Art in Crisis Services – Becky Stoll, LCSW

For addiction counselors who attended and would like continuing education credits, you are eligible to receive 6 hours of credit from the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (event 15-093-S).


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Suicide prevention was one of the topics addressed by our guest speakers. As a follow-up, you may be interested in an upcoming webinar series. The National Institute on Mental Health is partnering with the National Council for Behavioral Health to sponsor a six-part webinar series that begins at 2:00 pm on January 29.

This webinar series is in response to the February 2014 Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives developed

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by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force. The plan outlines the research areas that show the most promise in helping to reduce the rates of suicide attempts and deaths in the next 5-10 years. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has also developed a toolkit, Zero Suicide Toolkit. David Covington, one of our featured conference speakers, is a co-lead on this toolkit.

In North Carolina, suicide prevention efforts culminated in the 2015 Suicide Prevention Plan, developed by the NC Suicide Prevention Planning Team, which consists of representatives from the Division of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch; the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS); and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior. The plan, as well as an executive summary and data presentation, may be downloaded here. DMH/DD/SAS contacts for the plan are Dr. Sarah Potter (919-715-5989) and Susan Robinson (919-715-2262). A plan to reduce youth suicide may be downloaded here.

On May 12, the NC Suicide Prevention Planning Team will host the NC Suicide Prevention Summit at the NC State University McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Please save the date and look for details in the upcoming months.