'A coalition of the willing' -- Dr. Wos

I have news on the meeting I reported on here on BlueNC last week at NC DHHS concerning reducing wait times at the ER. This information came from DHHS, but not from its media office, which is totally non-responsive. I have asked for a complete list of invitees, but I have been told such a list does not exist at DHHS.

From today's email:

"Here is the information that I was able to obtain for you related to your request.

The Crisis Solutions Coalition met for the first time on last Monday afternoon, December 9, 2013.

More than 50 people from many organizations were actually invited. Close to 80 people participated. The Secretary and the Division are defining this group as a “coalition of the willing”, meaning that anyone who wants to engage in productive cross system solution focused work is welcome to join in. Dave Richard is the chair.

It was, and will in the future be, a public meeting. We may only be limited by space, but are doing our best to find large accommodations.

A notice was put on the DHHS website for this meeting, and I think that will be the future method of notification as well. I’m aware of a number of people who got the notice because they are signed up to receive such things on the DHHS website. Here is the link: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/. The next meeting is not scheduled yet, although we are looking towards the end of January for it.

If individuals are comfortable speaking through a representative there are invited attendees from a number of advocacy organizations, including:

Suzanne B. Thompson, MBA/MHA
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Advocacy and Customer Service Section, Division of MH/DD/SAS