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August 2015 RHA Public Newsletter

August 2015 
                    New Comprehensive Care Center Announced
An Integrated Approach to Recovery 

RHA and its community partners are proud to announce a new comprehensive care facility for mental health and addiction services in Asheville. The C3@356 center, located at 356 Biltmore Ave. next to Mission Hospital, is now open to serve residents of 23 counties in Western North Carolina. The innovative C3@356 center is the result of a nearly $2 million grant awarded by the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services to a partnership of several organizations headed by Smoky Mountain Center, the managed care entity that oversees services for behavioral health and developmental disabilities in many Western NC counties.  
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       ABLE Act Receives Overwhelming Bipartisan Support in NC

The final bill, filed as Senate bill 367 as the "ABLE Act for NC", is one of the most progressive and practical pieces of legislation to come through the NC General Assembly for people who live with disabilities, in recent history. 

The bill was first passed with overwhelming bi-partisan leadership in the US Congress and was shepherded by our own Senator Richard Burr. It paved the way for states  to set up financial vehicles called 529A tax-favored Qualified ABLE Accounts. It allows people with disabilities and their families and loved ones to save money for the necessities of life without the threat of losing a person's Medicaid benefit. Read More
Kelly riding in a Rodeo Competition
Kelly's Remarkable Journey  
Kelly with her NCSU support team.

Kelly Blanton, a 21 year old sophmore at NCSU,  is like any college student, just with a few more challenges.  A month after graduating high school she was doing what she loved since she was a little girl, riding her horse in a rodeo competition. Unfortunately her horse bucked her, leaving her with a severe spinal cord injury.  

She entered inpatient rehabilitation for several months at the Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia. " I went from the golden girl who had everything to....what do I do now?" says Kelly.  She always knew that she wanted to go back to school, but it came with more  obstacles and challenges than she had imagined.  With the help of CAP/C, a community alternative program for children,  Kelly was able to get supports she needed to attend college.  RHA Howell Case Manager, Casey Robinson says "It was a big thing for us and for her that she was the boss in determining her goals. 

Employee Leaders

DSP of the Year Western Region

Alexus Stinson
RHA Howell Clear Creek Charlotte, NC

DSP of the Year
Eastern Region

Toni Richards
RHA Howell 
Walnut Creek
Goldsboro, NC

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Food Lion named 
Large Business Employer of the Year

Gary Harmon, Food Lion Raleigh
Monika Laprad, RHA Employment Services
Paul Goodnight, Food Lion Cary

Hungry Howie's named 
Small Business Employer of the Year

Samantha Smith, Manager
Robert Barnes, Employee 
Dan Satut, Owner

Floor tile mosaic at the REC 
RHA High Point Wellness 
and Recovery Center

The RHA High Point Walk-in Crisis Center is expanding its focus beyond crisis-centered services to overall wellness and holistic care.  The location is now called the High Point Wellness & Recovery Center.  Much of this new focus is built around the High Point location's Recovery Education Center (REC) which provides education, compassion and empowerment to individuals with mental health needs and/or substance use challenges.
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The Harbor creates innovative techniques during crisis stabilization

"In the Harbor the addict is a large feather covered serpent. This type of legless winged dragon is covered with hope, a chance, a future, freedom, peace, a new well as the traditional scales." - written by a client during group.  
 RHA announced as Dartmouth Research 
Provider for IPSE/SE

The NC Department of Health and Human Services has announced that RHA has been selected to participate in North Carolina's Dartmouth IPS Supported Employment Initiative as one of five Dartmouth Research Sites in North Carolina. 

A National Initiative at the Institute on Disability/UCED, University of New Hamsphire
The Center for START Services is pleased to announce that NC START East is the second Certified START Program in the United States.  START Program Certification demonstrates that the Program has maintained fidelity to the mission and values of START.
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