ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Medical Education

  • Medical School Curriculum project giving future physicians and dentists assistance in recognizing, managing and preventing alcohol/drug and nicotine related problems.
  • Lead role in coordination of substance use disorder Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) initiatives in NC.
  • Statewide training and technical assistance for safer opioid prescribing.
  • Annual regional Addiction Medicine Conference.
  • Hundreds of physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners trained and supported to identify and intervene with patients with substance use issues.

Evidence-based practices, programs, and policies

  • Coordinating role in statewide adoption of substance use disorder and mental health evidence-based practices, programs, and policies.

Legal/Policy

  • Worked with community partners, NC Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles and NC Department of Crime Control & Public Safety to develop and implement a color-coded Driver’s License and ID Card System and Red Flag Campaign to assist retailers in the sale of age restricted products.
  • Advocacy to repeal “Alcohol Exclusion Law” (repealed 2005).

Workforce Development

  • Robust behavioral health workforce development for more than 10 years working with students, community colleges and universities through training, skill building, and a scholarship program.
  • Governor’s Institute named in NC Institute of Medicine’s 2009 Substance Abuse Task Force to take a lead role in increasing and improving the workforce.
  • Created a scholarship/internship for NCSU students in the Non-Profit Management minor interested in substance use disorder prevention, treatment and research.

Military servicemembers, veterans, and their families

  • Coordination of behavioral health initiatives for military servicemembers, veterans, and their families
  • Grant-writing assistance to community organizations serving homeless veterans that subsequently received more than $28 million in a two-year period (2009 and 2010)