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For Immediate Release

Easterseals UCP Participates in 42nd Annual Legislative Breakfast

Building Access to Care

Chapel Hill, NC, January 22, 2020

Every year leaders in the mental health industry attend the Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health to engage in meaningful and well-informed dialogue with consumers and providers from around the state of North Carolina. This year’s focus is “Access to Care: Paradigm, Partnership & Possibilities.”

Participants will have an opportunity to ask state legislators questions pertaining to access to care.  With the current movement to address whole person care, this year’s event brings focus to some of the disparities between physical and mental health services and features new partnerships throughout the state preparing to meet these needs.

awardEasterseals UCP will be the keynote presentation featuring the innovative CARES program.  The Community Assessment and Response to Expedite Services (CARES) Program was formed to reduce barriers for children and families experiencing frequent crisis events and to help create an innovate, effective and supportive intervention. Experienced staff quickly link youth and families to clinically appropriate services following a crisis by offering community-based after-hours assessments and referrals to services. 

The new Easterseals UCP CARES program is one of the recipients of the prestigious 2019 i2i Innovation Award from the Center for Integrative Health. A parent of a 16-year-old experiencing a crisis turned to the CARES program and is grateful for the support. He said, “I met an angel that day and can’t thank you enough. I didn’t know how I was going to get through it. I don’t know how you were able get youth to buy in and we were able to figure it out and it was the best outcome given the circumstances.”

Get more information about CARES program. 


Watch this video about a family CARES supported!

Easterseals provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

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