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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

Mental Health, Developmental Disability and Substance Abuse Services Councils and Related Bodies

MH/DD/SA Councils


Human Rights Committees

Each residential facility, state facility, and LME has a human rights committee to protect the rights of clients.

Mental Health Advisory Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Advises the Division of MH/DD/SAS on the development and implementation of the long-range plan.

Mental Health Planning Council

Reviews the State's mental health block grant plan and advises the Department of Health and Human Services on services to children who have severe emotional disturbance disorders and adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

North Carolina Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The North Carolina Legislature established the North Carolina Council for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (NCCDHH) in 1990 to advise the Department of Health and Human Services on matters pertaining to services provided to deaf and hard of hearing citizens.

North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative 

The North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative (NC PIC) is an advisory group that provides guidance in determining the future evidence-based services and supports that will be provided through our public MH/DD/SAS system. The experiences of consumers, family members, and service providers will guide research on future services and supports that might be provided.

North Carolina Brain Injury Advisory Council

The NC Brain Injury Advisory Council was established in 2003 by the NC General Assembly to:

(1) Review how the term 'traumatic brain injury' is defined by State and federal regulations and to determine whether changes should be made to the State definition to include 'acquired brain injury' or other appropriate conditions.
(2) Promote interagency coordination among State agencies responsible for services and support of individuals that have sustained traumatic brain injury.
(3) Study the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families.
(4) Make recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the planning, development, funding, and implementation of a comprehensive statewide service delivery system.
(5) Promote and implement injury prevention strategies across the State.

Members are appointed by the General Assembly, the Governor, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Commissioner of Insurance and the Secretary of Administration. The group meets quarterly and is staffed by DMH/DD/SAS.

State CFAC

The State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC) is a 21 member self-governing and self-directed advisory organization, composed entirely of consumers and family members of consumers, which had its origins in the Division of MH/DD/SAS State Plans. Its role was to “provide input and conduct oversight of the Division’s operations and efforts to accomplish the strategic outcomes of the State Plan.” In 2006, this committee was codified into General Statute 122C-171. Its role is now described as a committee that “advises the Department (DHHS) and the General Assembly on the planning and management of the State’s public mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services system.” This committee regularly interacts with Division leadership and provides consumer and family input and perspective to the Department and the General Assembly.


Related Public Bodies


Child Care Commission

Staffed by the Division of Child Development; adopts rules for licensing and regulating child day care facilities and homes.

Commission for Health Services

Staffed by the Division of Public Health; adopts rules to protect and promote public health, including sanitation standards for facilities, health outcome objectives, and implementation of public health programs.

Medical Care Commission

Staffed by the Division of Facility Services; adopts rules for inspection and licensing of hospitals, nursing homes, emergency medical services, and other medical facilities and services.

North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council)

Part of a national network of organizations that assist people with developmental disabilities.

North Carolina Physician Advisory Group

The North Carolina Physician Advisory Group (NCPAG) is a charitable, nonprofit organization that was created for the purpose of advising the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) on ways to improve the health of the state's vulnerable populations by expanding access to quality, cost-effective health care services. It is endorsed and represented by all major medical specialties and health care providers. A major responsibility of the NCPAG is medical coverage policy review.

Social Services Commission

Staffed by the Division of Social Services; several divisions present rules; approves rules and regulations for state social services program, including child care provider and client eligibility, placement of children, inspection and licensing of maternity homes, and others.



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