Promise Resource Network, Inc. (PRN) formerly Mecklenburg's PROMISE, named finalist for Excellence in Healthcare Award!
The Promise team was informed of their selection as a finalist in the Charlotte Business Journal's Excellence in Healthcare award. PRN was nominated in the Community Partnerships/Advocacy category for their leadership in recovery, peer support, community connections and innovation. Other finalists include Teen Health Connection, Anuvia, Matthews Free Clinic and two Carolina Healthcare Programs; LiveWELL and Project Pink. The award winners will be announced at a luncheon on September 26th. Congratulations team!
Mecklenburg's PROMISE, Inc. Named Subcontractor for Statewide Supported Employment Technical Assistance!
Mecklenburg's PROMISE, Inc., in partnership with NCAPSE, was awarded a state contract to develop and operate the North Carolina EmploymentFirst Technical Assistance Center (NC|EF|TAC)! The TAC offers training and technical assistance throughout NC to MCO's and service providers on topics related to supported employment, customized employment, small business, micro-enterprise and business led internships. The TAC promotes employment of all people with mental health, substance use, traumatic brain injuries, autism and developmental disabilities and aims to arm people with the awareness, knowledge, skills and tools for successful employment. Consistent with the Department of Justice Settlement (DOJ), employment supports are a priority in NC. In addition to the TAC, a new supported employment and long-term vocational support service definition has been established and funded. For more information on the employment initiative, DOJ settlement and NC Employment First, go to: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/mhddsas/services/employment/index.htm
NC Recovery Summit Advancing Recovery!
Recovery is beginning to take front and center in NC as our state works to understand that the medically based, traditional treatment approach has not been effective in supporting people to regain their lives. With the Department of Justice Settlement serving as an impetus, NC held the first ever Recovery Summit on March 27, 2013 in Winston-Salem, NC. The theme of the event was Recovery: Policy to Practice and focused on establishing a recovery platform under which all services in NC should be funded, delivered and held accountable. A report written from this "invitation only" event will be used to guide recovery practice and policy. Mecklenburg's PROMISE served as a co-sponsor and facilitator of a session focused on Consumer-Operated Services, Peer Support and Self-Direction. National Recovery Champion, Harvey Rosenthal from NYAPRS served as the keynote speaker and left the group with the message that recovery is real, cost effective and the direction that the national mental health system is going in. He urged participants to not only embrace recovery but to also support the advent of consumer-operated services and peer support in our state. For more information, check out the state's new recovery site: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/mhddsas/services/recovery/
MeckPROMISE Director Featured in NC Medical Journal!
If you look at the May/June 2012 issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, you might see a familiar face. MeckPROMISE's very own Director, Cherene Allen-Caraco, was featured in the Tar Heel Footprints article that recognizes the unsung heroes who work to advance the health of North Carolinians. The article recounts Cherene's work in Mecklenburg County to introduce mental health recovery to the community of providers, family members and peers who experience mental health and substance abuse challenges. Two of NC's recovery champions, Dr. Kim Franklin of Meridian Behavioral Health Services and Deby Dihoff of NAMI NC were interviewed for the article. Click here
for the full article