mental health

Mayor's Task Force on Mental Health

I am interested in comments from anyone who attended the "listening sessions" this week sponsored by the Mayor Foy's Mental Health Task Force. The sessions were on Tues. and Weds. evening. I got to the Tues. session too late to get a sense of where the Task Force is heading.

I think many people are aware of the problems facing the public mental health system in Orange County and elsewhere. I am interested in what the Task Force intends to accomplish. I hope someone who attended will comment.

Mayor's Mental Health Task Force Listening Session

Listening Sessions Announcement

The Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force will hold two Public Listening Sessions on February 24th and 25th in the Chapel Hill Town Council Chambers. The purpose of these sessions is to enable Task Force members to hear from consumers of mental health services, those who are on the front lines in the mental health field, those who work in allied fields and community members at large.

The sessions are scheduled as follows:

§  Tuesday, February 24, 2009 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

§  Wednesday, February 25, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

These sessions seek to open a community dialogue on the pressing issue of the state of mental health services in the area. We invite all who are interested in presenting their views to the Task Force to:

§  Join us on February 24th or 25th to make a 3-minute statement (sign up that evening on a first-come, first-served basis;

§  Submit a written statement to the Task Force at a listening session or by email ( or mail/delivery to Mayor’s Office, 405 Martin Luther King Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

§  Submit a post to the Task Force blog (see below);

Persons who are organizing a group presentation and wish to speak beyond the 3-minute limit are requested to make prior arrangements through the Mayor’s Office (968-2714).

Together the community and the Task Force can identify important issues related to mental health service delivery in our area and identify potential strategies for change or improvement. As part of our effort to create a community dialogue, we have also developed a blog at, where we invite all members of the community to offer feedback and comments.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 1:00pm


Town Council Chambers 405 Martin Luther King Jr. BLVD

El Futuro Hot Topic Today on WCOM

Tune in today at 6pm on WCOM (103.5 LP FM Chapel Hill/Carrboro area) or stream us live at

for The West End Report, hosted by me, LMT! 

to hear Martha Olaya-Crowley, M.Ed., LCSW discuss the importance of El Futuro in the latino community and the recent budget cuts by O.C.Commissioners. Plus, Martha will be spinning some great latino music between our breaks!

Hopefully, Mayor Chilton will also call in and give us an update on the Abbey Court situation.

Feel free to call in with comments and questions 919-929-9601



Restore El Futuro

The following e-mail was forwarded to me by a friend. El Futuro works to help Latinos with mental health issues, it seems like an important program deserving of our support. Please take a moment to contact your favorite commissioner and ask that they restore funding.

Last night, the Orange County commissioners tentatively nixed $60,000 that had been approved by their subcommittee for El Futuro ( if you're not familiar with the organization).

Please please please send the commissioners an email TODAY --their meeting is tonight-- protesting this decision. Based on a conversation one of our board members had with an OC commissioner, there is still a chance to restore at least part of this funding if we can get people to object.

El Futuro is an amazing non-profit organization that serves a population that otherwise would be ignored.

mental health how can we let this happen whats going to happen next

heres another article 



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