Feds say state violating
mental health settlement

RALEIGH, N.C. — Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice told North Carolina leaders this month that the state isn't doing enough to help keep people with serious mental illnesses in their local communities and out of more restrictive housing.

In a Nov. 6 letter to Attorney General Roy Cooper and state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer, the DOJ said the state was violating a 2012 settlement agreement and "must take significant corrective action" to avoid unnecessarily funneling the mentally ill into adult care homes. DHHS signed the settlement under Gov. Bev Perdue following a federal investigation into possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Free presentation on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dec. 10

Psychiatrist Dr. John Nicholls, associate medical director of the Smoky Mountain Center, will speak on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and its use in the treatment of mental illnesses at the next NAMI Western Carolina education forum December 10, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, downtown Asheville.

In addition to his duties at Smoky Mountain Center, Dr. Nicholls has worked in private practice and as an assistant clinical professor and medical director of inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry for UNC Health Care. He earned his medical degree at UNC Chapel Hill and also holds a law degree from Wake Forest University.