thereisnoAnd so it is with the chapter of my life that was North Carolina Mental Hope. Having more or less closed shop several years back, this May 6, 2015, postscript is added as a bit of closure for me personally and so that visitors who might stumble upon the site will know it is no longer a viable organization. The site's being kept online as a museum of sorts, a glimpse into the mayhem that was – and as of this point in time, still is – North Carolina's mental health system, an oxymoron that has no equal in the English language.
 

While involved with several nonprofits, it is the fund established to honor my late wife with which I'm most involved. I encourage you to visit its website at MonasLegacy.org and Facebook page at Facebook.com/monaslegacy and learn more about her and the many ripples of good she started, ripples that are still expanding and lap against me fairly often. And if so moved, I invite you to honor the legacy of  a wonderful, remarkable woman by liking her Facebook page and making a contribution to help perpetuate the ripples she began. – David Cornwell

 

 

Breaking Down The Silos: A Collaborative Answer to Mental Health | Carolyn Reinach Wolf

It is now 2014. The articles, talking heads and opinion pieces on current mental health issues are spilling over from 2013. You’ve seen them on the evening news and in the newspapers all talking about what’s wrong with the system, what theoretically can work, what we need to do or stop doing. The verbiage goes on. Of course, this is not a bad thing; it keeps the issues and dialogues out front. However, there continues to be a wide gap in much of these conversations because they have produced little in the way of concrete or practical changes in our broken mental health care system.

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How Philanthropy Funded the US Eugenics Movement

Between 1929 and 1971 North Carolina’s eugenics program sterilized more than 7,500 residents considered genetically inferior.
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Homeless vet population falling, but for how long? – USATODAY.com

WASHINGTON – J.B. Baker, Jr., a former Navy gunner who used to live on the streets, is renting an apartment in South Carolina and getting mental-health treatment — all with the federal government’s help.

The 1991 Gulf War veteran gets a rental voucher from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has received treatment for post traumatic stress disorder at a Veterans Affairs Department facility in Salisbury, N.C., and he lived for awhile at a shelter run by the Alston Wilkes Society, a Columbia-based social service agency that receives VA fundin Story continues here >>>

Pain laid bare at eugenics hearing | Charlotte Observer

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Commissioners negotiate $1.5 million-offer for former hospital

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Brunswick County Commissioners are now in negotiations with a company for the purchase of the former Brunswick Community Hospital property. If accepted, Crown Management has proposed using the building to operate a mental health care hospital or a psychiatric resident treatment facility. The two owners of Crown said they have over 50 years of experience in the operation of treatment facilities in North Carolina. Story continues here >>>

ECBH to host info sessions on changes – The Outer Banks Sentinel

East Carolina Behavioral Health (ECBH) will host community information sessions about upcoming changes in services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in February and March.
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