"This grant provides us with a great opportunity to extend the state's services and enable people with substance use disorders to independently choose the services that will best support their recovery."
Courtney Cantrell, PhD,
Director of NC DHHS' Division of MH/DD/SAS.
RALEIGH - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will soon be able to help more than 4,000 people with substance use disorders access recovery support services.
DHHS' Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (MH/DD/SAS) is a recipient of a $7.8-million Access to Recovery grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
"This grant provides us with a great opportunity to extend the state's services and enable people with substance use disorders to independently choose the services that will best support their recovery," said Courtney Cantrell, PhD, Director of DMH/DD/SAS.
In collaboration with Access to Recovery Service Coordinators, North Carolina participants will develop personal recovery plans that identify services and providers they believe will best fit their needs and goals.
The grant focuses on, but is not limited to, the following populations: individuals returning to the community from the justice system, people experiencing homelessness, pregnant or parenting women and those returning to the community following inpatient care for substance use.
Recovery Communities of North Carolina is helping lead the implementation of the grant which focuses on the following counties in the first year: Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston, Robeson and Sampson. The grant is funded through September 2017.
SAMHSA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
General information about this federal initiative and recovery oriented systems of care can be found at: www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/partnersforrecovery/docs/ATR_Approaches_to_ROSC.pdf.
To enroll in Access to Recovery or learn more about the recovery support services covered by this grant, contact Recovery Communities of North Carolina at 919-231-0248 or visit the recovery community center at 3540 Maitland Drive, Suite 107-A, Raleigh.