Friday Feature

New Agreement Will Secure Services for NC Children with Complex Behavioral Health Needs

RALEIGH, October 14, 2016—Hundreds of children in North Carolina with complex needs—a developmental or intellectual disability plus a mental illness—will soon have access to better services and supports that will keep them out of institutions and help them live at home.

Disability Rights NC and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services have developed a plan to meet the needs of these children. 

“For years, children with dual diagnoses have ended up in emergency rooms, institutions, and even prisons because they could not get the care they needed in their communities,” said Vicki Smith, executive director of Disability Rights NC. “Thankfully, Secretary Rick Brajer is committed to making sure these children have the support they need so they can live at home, go to school and grow into healthy adults.”

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2017 START National Training Institute

START National Training Institute

April 30 - May 2, 2017
Rye Brook, Westchester County, New York

Registration opens January 2017

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Mission: The UNH/IOD Center for START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) Services aims to improve the lives of persons with IDD and behavioral health needs and their families through fidelity to the START model with exemplary services and supports that emphasize local, person-centered, positive, multidisciplinary, cost-effective and evidence-informed practices.