Governor McCrory Announces Appointments to Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use

Raleigh, N.C.

The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the membership of The Governor's Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use today:

  • Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin (Wake County) 
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer (Wake County) 
  • Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry (Wake County) 
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson (Wake County) 
  • Senator Tamara Barringer (Wake County) 
  • Representative Susan Martin (Wilson County) 
  • Supreme Court Justice Samuel J. Ervin, IV (Burke County) 
  • Appeals Court Judge Donna Stroud (Wake County) 
  • Chief District Court Judge Joseph Buckner (Orange County) 
  • Sheriff Asa Buck, III (Carteret County) 
  • Commissioner Ronald Beale (Macon County) 
  • Dave Richard (Wake County) 
  • William Lassiter (Wake County) 
  • Karen Ellis (Cleveland County) 
  • Brian Ingraham (Buncombe County) 
  • Donald Hall (Pender County) 
  • Dr. John Santopietro (Mecklenburg County) 
  • Dr. Ashwin Patkar (Wake County) 
  • Dr. Bruce Capehart (Durham County) 
  • Dr. Mike Lancaster (Orange County) 
  • Katherine Peppers (Wake County) 
  • David Passmore (Columbus County) 
  • Jack Register (Guilford County) 
  • Deborrah Newton (Wake County) 

The task force comprises experts from the justice system and related private sector professionals, the healthcare provider community, county leadership, non-governmental entities and private sector employers. The task force brings together the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government and key stakeholders to make recommendations that will improve the lives of citizens with mental illness and substance use disorders. 
The purpose of the task force is to reduce stigma and encourage people to seek help before their situation becomes a crisis – and they end up in an emergency department or jail. Appropriate treatment and early intervention can result in significant benefits for individuals, families, communities and taxpayers. 
To read the full version of the Executive Order, click here.

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