During the month of May, APNC has continued to grow in terms of membership, influence and voice in the substance abuse prevention and treatment community. Here are a few highlights:
- NC General Assembly: The legislative session has passed two significant milestones: the May 16th crossover deadline, the date by which legislation without a fiscal impact must pass at least one chamber to continue to be considered, and the release of the Senate budget. The Senate budget calls for the elimination of the state’s three Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers. APNC will work with House leadership to make sure that funding is restored in the House budget, and we’ll continue to monitor the situation when those respective budgets go to conference. APNC members were instrumental in the defeat of HB 693, which would have mandated health providers get notarized consent from parents before providing prevention, diagnosis or treatment services to minors.
- Recovery Month: Even though Recovery Month isn’t until September, APNC has been busy preparing for the state events. For the first time, APNC has received a grant from NAADAC to provide enhanced Recovery Month programs, including a track at NCFADS Summer School for newcomers to the substance abuse field and additional funding for our regional Recovery Month activities. Check out the revised application, complete with additional funding for each region to create these activities. A special thanks to our Regional Vice-Presidents in planning for the best Recovery Month ever.
- Membership: APNC membership is the best it has been in years! Your APNC leadership team has grown the membership by stressing the services APNC provides, such as an informational resource, a voice in public policy in Raleigh & Washington, and a source for regional and online trainings.
Thank YOU for all the great things you have done to make APNC such a strong voice for the entire substance abuse community. Please don’t hesitate to call me at (919) 606-7584 with your ideas, questions or concerns.