Help with substance USE or Mental Health Disorders
Do you or a PT colleague you know struggle with a substance use or mental health disorder? –The NC Board of PT Examiners encourages you to seek help!
Substance Use Disorders: The Board contracts with the NC Board of Nursing (NCBON) to allow qualified PT licensees to participate in the Nursing Board’s Substance Use Disorder Programs (Alternative - to - discipline program) Each program has objectives which may include the following:
- Ensure the health and safety of the public by closely monitoring licensees impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.
- Achieve earlier intervention with intent to decrease the time between the licensee’s acknowledgement of chemical dependency and entry into the recovery process.
- Return the licensee to safe and effective practice in a more efficient manner while minimizing financial impact.
- Provide an opportunity for licensees to recover from impairment in a therapeutic, non-punitive and non-published process.
- To ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public through a program that closely monitors licensees impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.
- Provide a process for licensees to recover from impairment and become safe practitioners.
Contact: NC Board of Nursing: www.ncbon.com
Or contact your primary care provider for treatment or appropriate referral.
Mental Health disorders:
If you struggle with a mental health issue, please contact your health care provider for treatment or who can refer you to appropriate resources in your area.
Want more information? Contact Kathy Arney, Executive Director, NCBPTE – email@example.com or call 919-490-6393 or 800-800-8982.
Social Media Abuse
The Board has been advised that false and misleading information regarding discipline allegedly imposed on a recent licensee was posted on social media by a classmate. Defaming a licensee on social media is not professional or ethical, and could be grounds for disciplinary action. Anyone who becomes aware of the intentional dissemination of false and misleading information regarding a physical therapist's licensure status or disciplinary record should immediately report that information to the Board.
An important message from : North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Healthy Opportunities Listserv
Welcome to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Healthy Opportunities Listserv—we’re so glad you’re here.
As you know, DHHS wants all North Carolinians to have the Opportunity for Health and is committed to creating an innovative, whole-person centered, and well-coordinated system of care that addresses the medical and non-medical drivers of health. Promoting “healthy opportunities,” or addressing North Carolinians’ social needs, is a core focus of DHHS’s mission. We are pursuing a range of strategies to help meet this mission, including creating an interactive, statewide map of social determinant of health indicators to guide community investment, developing a standard set of screening questions for social needs, and fostering private-public partnerships to deploy NCCARE360, a statewide coordinated network and resource platform to connect individuals in need with community resources.
Promoting healthy opportunities is a cornerstone of North Carolina’s Medicaid transformation as well. All of North Carolina’s Medicaid managed care plans—known as Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs)—will have a role in addressing the medical and non-medical factors that drive health outcomes and costs. For example, PHPs will screen enrollees for their non-medical needs and work with members to connect them to community resources.
Moreover, North Carolina will launch the “Healthy Opportunities Pilots” in two to four geographic areas of the State in late 2019. The Pilots are an unprecedented opportunity to test and evaluate the impact of providing select evidence-based, non-medical interventions to high-need Medicaid enrollees. Approved as part of North Carolina’s 1115 demonstration waiver, the federal government authorized up to $650 million in state and federal funding for the Pilots over the five-year life of the waiver to cover the cost of approved services in the State’s four priority Healthy Opportunities domains: housing, food, transportation and interpersonal safety. We’re excited to share with you soon a Healthy Opportunities Pilot “Policy Paper” and “Request for Information” (RFI). The paper describes the preliminary program design for the Pilots and the RFI provides all interested stakeholders the opportunity to offer feedback on this design. We welcome your partnership in this effort and encourage you to respond.
More can be found about all of these initiatives on the DHHS Healthy Opportunities website. Additionally, we’ll be using this listserv to share updates on Healthy Opportunities—including information on recent publications, upcoming events and webinars and the release of the Pilot RFI and Policy Paper. We look forward to broadening the Healthy Opportunities community, so if you know someone who would like to receive these updates, have them e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add them to the list.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Thanks very much,
The Healthy Opportunities Team