What is CS@356? Find out Oct. 8

CS-356Progress on the first-of-its kind Comprehensive Care Center being developed at 356 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville will be the topic of NAMI Western North Carolina’s next education forum October 8. The presentation is free and begins at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville.

Genny Pugh, MA, HSP-PA, and Senior Director of Community Collaboration for the center’s lead agency, Smoky Mountain Center., will provide an update on C3@356, the center that will provide crisis prevention, early intervention, response and stabilization services, pharmacy services and support from one location

Funded through grants from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the center will serve residents of Western North Carolina with better and more cost-efficient options than those provided by hospital emergency rooms. As a part of those services, the center will have 16 beds for adults and children offering round-the-clock care.

With services being phased in, the target date for the center to be operational is March 2016.

Can Police Officers Become Peace Officers?

AKA Sorority Inc. & NAMI Western Carolina Answer the Question

By Tracey Turner, CIT Training Coordinator & NAMI Member
The Urban News

The news has been filled with tragic law enforcement encounters. There is more than one cause but perhaps these tragedies can be traced back to poor training.

Nine years ago Asheville and Buncombe County law enforcement were as unprepared as many communities in the media today. The Asheville Chapter of AKA Sorority Inc., and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Carolina, our local affiliate, are partners in increasing public awareness about a law enforcement training program called Crisis Intervention Team training (CIT).

Here in 2006, two young men with mental illnesses were shot and killed by law enforcement. There was a public outcry.  Continued here ...