Speak up about mental-health reform

The Blue Ridge Area Authority (the local mental-health board) is hosting a public forum on mental-health-care reform on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (501 Biltmore Ave.) in Asheville.

In addition, both a Buncombe County task force and an eight-county advisory committee are being set up to provide additional opportunities for public input on how local services will be delivered. A plan for a new regional entity to manage mental-health services is being developed with the input of county managers from Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell, Yancey, Transylvania, Henderson, Rutherford and Polk counties.

Last week, the Buncombe County commissioners created a local task force to keep them informed about the potential impacts of mental-health-reform efforts. The 15-member task force will be made up of service providers, service recipients and their families, and mental-health advocates. For an application to serve on the task force, contact Clerk to the Board Kathy Hughes at 250-4105.

“That will allow people to give input who feel like they weren’t being heard before,” offered Commissioner David Young.

In addition, the Blue Ridge Area Authority is establishing an 18-member committee to provide input on how mental-health services will be delivered across the eight-county area. For more info, contact the Blue Ridge Center at 258-3500.

SHARE

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.