Mental Health & Substance Abuse

At the NCACC's 2014 Annual Conference, President Ronnie Beale established a special task force to develop educational programming for counties on local mental health needs. As the Association and its members continue their work on mental health, substance abuse, and other related topics, this page will be updated with resources to help you navigate this issue in your county.  

The History of Mental Health Services in NC: 1990-2000

MH 90s

The History of Mental Health Services in NC: 2000-present

MH 2000s

County Snapshots - Interactive Maps by NCACC's Research Department

County Research

Reports & Presentations

Stepping Up Initiative (NACo)



The Released, a PBS Documentary - What happens to the mentally ill when they leave prisons? Why do they return at such an alarming rate?

The New Asylums, a PBS Documentary - There are nearly half a million mentally ill people serving time in America's prisons. Have these institutions become our new asylums?

  1. Data’s Critical Role in Reversing the Opioid Epidemic

    An app like the one Cincinnati has created to track heroin overdoses can help first responders and others deploy their resources more effectively. Read on...
  2. ‘Stepping Up’ stakeholders step back to review progress

    County officials and other stakeholders gathered May 31 in Washington to look back at the successes and continued challenges of the two-year-old Stepping Up program, a collaborative effort to keep the mentally ill out of county jails. Read on...
  3. More fronts open in the war against opioids

    Another county sues pharma over opioids while two settle, dangerous new blend hits the streets Read on...
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