Substance Abuse http://wunc.org en NC Seeks To Improve Local Behavioral Health Treatment http://wunc.org/post/nc-seeks-improve-local-behavioral-health-treatment <p></p><p>State health officials are trying to cut the number of people with behavioral disorders who end up in the Emergency Room.&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services says it's creating an advisory panel of health experts and patient advocates.&nbsp; The group's job will be to recommend improvements at the local level for mental health and substance abuse services.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:44:47 +0000 Will Michaels 25480 at http://wunc.org NC Seeks To Improve Local Behavioral Health Treatment McCrory Vetoes Two Bills: Welfare Drug Testing & Undocumented Immigrant Restrictions http://wunc.org/post/mccrory-vetoes-two-bills-welfare-drug-testing-undocumented-immigrant-restrictions <p>Governor Pat McCrory vetoed two bills today.</p><p>One (<a href="http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H786v5.pdf">HB 786</a>) known as the "Reclaiming NC Act" would have required undocumented immigrants to submit to criminal background checks and fingerprinting to obtain driving permits. It also would have allowed police to detain people they suspect of being undocumented for up to 24 hours. It was <a href="http://www.acluofnorthcarolina.org/index.php/EasyBlog/h-b-786-too-high-a-price-to-pay-for-risky-driver-s-permitshtml">heavily critiqued</a> by NC's ACLU chapter and others. <a href="http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/press-releases/20130815/governor-mccrory-vetoes-anti-jobs-hb-786">McCrory said in a statement </a>that he vetoed it due to a loophole that would allow businesses to hire more undocumented workers.</p><p>The second bill Gov. McCrory vetoed today (<a href="http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H392v6.pdf">HB 392</a>) would have required drug testing for Work First applicants, a state program that provides financial assistance and job training to needy families. &nbsp;The ACLU of North Carolina and the N.C. Justice Center had <a href="http://www.acluofnorthcarolina.org/index.php/blog/aclu-nc-others-call-on-gov-mccrory-to-veto-drug-testing-bill-1.html">publicly discouraged Gov. McCrory</a> from signing the bill, saying that it would violate the privacy of low-income people.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:50:55 +0000 Laura Candler 20832 at http://wunc.org McCrory Vetoes Two Bills: Welfare Drug Testing & Undocumented Immigrant Restrictions