Next NC Practice Improvement Collaborative Conference to Highlight the Behavioral Health of Military Families
On March 10, the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse, and the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center are sponsoring an all-day Practice Improvement Collaborative conference to highlight behavioral health best practices for military families in North Carolina.
Speakers will include Diane Coffill, Director, Families Program, North Carolina National Guard; Steven L. Sayers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia VA MIRECC; Gregory L. Inman Ph.D., Team Leader, Raleigh Vet Center; and Robert M. Bray, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, and Becky Lane, Ph.D., Research Psychologist, RTI International.
Ms. Coffill heads the Families Program, with staff located across the State in 13 centers. She works closely with National Guard families to ensure that they receive the services and supports that they need. Dr. Sayers offers therapeutic services to military couples and their families and has published research on integration challenges that military families face post deployment. Dr. Inman provides integrative behavioral couples therapy to couples in a Vet Center setting. Dr. Bray and Dr. Lane are collaborating with the developers of the Prosper platform used to deliver the Strengthening Families Program in twelve counties across the State. Panel members will include the speakers as well as military family members.
The conference will be held at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
To prepare for the March 10 conference, the North Carolina National Guard (NC NG), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), and the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse are collaborating to identify services and supports that are helpful to military families in the State. Respondents will also be asked to identify areas where more services and supports are needed. If you are a member of a military family, please consider providing your feedback as to existing services and support in North Carolina. The survey will be closed on Saturday, February 28. Your responses will remain confidential as results will only be reported in aggregate (as a group). Results will be summarized for the statewide conference on March 10 and will be used to plan additional services or to change current ones.