June 2010

SAMHSA Policy Academy, Returning Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families: The North Carolina Team participated in this policy academy providing mentorship to the seven states and one territory that were first-time participants. North Carolina’s mission and strategic plan were refined.


The second Policy Academy, Returning Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Policy Academy, was offered in Bethesda on June 7-9, 2010.  Again, NC participated, this time as a mentor state to seven states and one territory that attended the Policy Academy for the first time (WA also was selected as a mentor state).  Team members included:

  • Flo Stein, Team Leader, SSA, and Chief, Community Policy Management Section, NC Division of DMHDDSAS; and Co-Chair, NC Focus on SMVFs
  • Kimberly Alexander-Bratcher MPH, Project Director and Research Associate, North Carolina Institute of Medicine
  • Peter Bernardini, Vietnam War Veteran and nurse, NC Division of Medical Assistance
  • Worth Bolton, Vietnam War Army Veteran and social work faculty member, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Diane Coffill, Director of Family Programs, North Carolina National Guard
  • COL James A. Cohn, Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Affairs, North Carolina National Guard
  • Wei Li Fang, Ph.D., Director for Research and Evaluation, Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse
  • John Harris, Vietnam War Navy Veteran, Cold War Army Veteran, Army Reservist, social worker, and Military and Veterans Program Manager, NC DMHDDSAS
  • Harold Kudler, MD, Associate Director, MIRECC, VISN 6, US Department of VA; Associate Clinical Professor, Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and Co-Chair, NC Focus on SMVFs
  • Michael Lancaster, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Director of the Behavioral Health Program, Community Care of North Carolina
  • Stephanie Nissen, State Behavioral Health Programs Director, North Carolina National Guard
  • Wayne Peedin, Vietnam War Air Force Veteran and Assistant Director, North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs
  • MAJ Robert Prout, Chief, Support Service Branch, North Carolina National Guard

At the Academy, NC also had access to technical assistance.  Martha Fleetwood assisted team members in revisiting the vision, drafting a mission statement, and continuing to refine the strategic plan.  Priorities were reviewed and clarified:  (1) engage partners in integrated solutions; (2) sustain and strengthen coordination and planning; (3) develop resource capacity to sustain, grow, and adapt programs, services, and treatment; and (4) develop technology, communication, media, and marketing.  TA needs were narrowed down to two:  (1) inclusion of a broader array of providers for TRICARE reimbursement and (2) outreach to minority veterans.