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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE 36th ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST ON MENTAL HEALTH
The 36th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health will take place Saturday, April 12th, 8:30-11:30am at the UNC William and Ida Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill. This year's event is designed as a Town Hall Forum with a panel comprised of Republican and Democratic members of the NC General Assembly and will be moderated by David Crabtree, WRAL-TV news anchor and Rose Hoban, Editor of NC Health News. Panel members include Sen. Mike Woodard (D-Durham, Caswell), Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange), Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake), Rep. Pat Hurley (R-Randolph) and Sen. Floyd Haskell (R-Cabarrus, Union).  Rep. Nelson Dollar will present the keynote address. Linda McDonough, Director of Just Right Academy and parent raising a child with serious mental health issues will speak from the family and consumer perspective.
Legislators and local elected officials from the 29 counties encompassing the two neighboring Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCO) of Alliance Behavioral Healthcare and Cardinal Innovations have been invited to attend and discuss important issues around mental health with family and consumer members, as well as professional treatment providers, educators and other interested community members.
Theme for this year's event is "Access to Mental Healthcare: Options for All."  A full breakfast buffet is offered free of charge, however, a $15 donation per person is suggested to help organizers offset expenses. Event sponsorships are still available and sponsor details are available by contacting Ben Staples at bstaples@mhatriangle.org or call him at 919-942-8083,ext. 1. Questions about registration are directed to Steve Bailey at steve@joshshopefoundation.org or call him at 919-245-0072. For all other information, email co-chairman Julie Bailey at julie@mhatriangle.org or co-chairman Dana Greenwood at dana.greenwood412@gmail.com or call Bailey at 919-942-8083, ext. 2.
Online registration is available at LEGISLATIVEBREAKFAST2014. Seating is limited to 400 registrants and early registration is advisable. Walk-in attendees cannot be guaranteed seating. Registration deadline is April 6th or when seating capacity is reached, whichever comes first.
Organizing committee co-sponsors include representatives from Mental Health America of the Triangle, Josh's Hope Foundation, NAMI Durham, NAMI Orange, UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, Caramore Community, Alberta Professional Services, Club Nova and community members at large.

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