Substance Abuse Task Force

Graham Children’s Health Services Receives Funding To Support the
Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force Efforts

Graham Children’s Health Services recently received funding from The North Carolina Coalition Initiative.  The North Carolina Coalition Initiative (NCCI) is a program funded with Cross Area Service Program (CASP) funds through the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, with direction and technical assistance provided by the NCCI Coordinating Center at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

“We are so excited about this grant.  This funding will support the hiring of a part-time coordinator for the Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force” said Amy Sheele, Executive Director of Graham Children’s Health Service.  A complete job description will be available soon.  “We hope to begin the interview process in early July.”

“This grant will enable the task force to move to the next level of organization” said Dr. Mechelle Akers, Task Force Chairperson. “Throughout the next year, we will develop a mission, goals and objectives for this task force through the support of this grant.”

The Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force has been meeting since a community forum back in June 2009.  The Task Force has been instrumental in many prevention and intervention activities such as the Drug take back days, drug & alcohol free teen events (including Red Ribbon week), creation of summer resource guide, partnership with the medical community to address chronic pain management, community education and awareness around the substance abuse problem and currently the group is exploring a jail diversion program.

“This grant will enable the task force to have an even greater community impact” said Dr. Jim Haaga, Former Task Force Chairperson.  To get involved with the Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force, call Graham Children’s Health Services at 682-7899.