Mental Health Advisory Board

Volunteer
Number of Positions:
25
Number of Vacancies:
12 expire soon
Contact
Contact:
Jodi Ramirez, Law Enforcement Liaison/Project Administrator, Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, Concord and Kannapolis Police Departments
Email :
jaramirez@cabarruscounty.us
Phone :
704-920-3160

To actively move forward with the Stepping Up Initiative, Cabarrus County created a Mental Health Advisory Board. Approved by resolution in October 2016, this task force serves as a resource for determining early intervention efforts, assessing available mental health resources, and evaluating the criminal justice system and County jail for improvements in relation to their clients who suffer from mental illness.

The Mental Health Advisory Board is inclusive, with 25 positions for those who need, provide, respond to and use mental health services in Cabarrus County.This includes mayors, law enforcement, schools, public health, human services, EMS, mental health providers, judges, the District Attorney’s office, hospitals, etc.

Initial discussions uncovered a wide spectrum of crosscutting issues and needs in our community. The County hopes to lead this effort to raise public awareness, improve access to services and care and improve crisis response. These needs have become the focus of the Mental Health Advisory Board.

The Mental Health Advisory Board is not in name only—it will provide recommendations to the County. We will move forward by directing future decisions and making funds available to support this initiative. And we will move forward through open and honest conversations that give us the courage to admit our shortfalls as a community and the wisdom to make a change. 

MHAB Subgroups

Access to Resources/Care

GOAL: To identify available, accessible and acceptable mental health resources in Cabarrus County.

Objectives:

  • Identify all resources
  • Investigate where resources and information are available or could be made available
  • Create a directory based on a three-tier system for services ranging from emergency to non-emergency
  • Develop a network or Center Point to share information

Crisis Response/Destinations

GOAL: To identify gaps in care that appropriately identifies, evaluates and assesses individuals with mental illness and through an informed referral process, connect those individuals to appropriate services.

Objectives:

  • Develop steps to improve follow-up of continuity of care, address gaps in care and bridge reliable services
  • Offer ideas to improve communication among agencies and across systems
  • Provide ideas that remove barriers to care
  • Investigate costs involved

Public Awareness

GOAL: To reduce the stigma of mental health by providing education and outreach that promotes a spectrum of services and advocacy.

Objectives:

  • Research existing materials and data
  • Develop PSA’s/local MH campaigns that provides community education stigma, available resources and access to providers
  • Develop message platform and assess agency needs, sizing and content for kids and adults
  • Utilize Mental Health America Coffee and Conversation and Linking with Legislators, #b4stage4
  • Engaging the faith community

Members

Meetings

2019 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting March

2019 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting June

2019 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting September

2019 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting December

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2018 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting December

2018 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting September

2018 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting June

2018 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting March

2017 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting December

2017 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting September

2017 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting June

2017 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting February

2017 Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting January

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