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NASADAD releases updated FY 2020 appropriations overview

NASADAD has released an updated appropriations overview to outline the the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) bill, a $70.833 billion funding bill that is $6.7 billion above the FY 2019 enacted level. The bill funds the Department of Justice (DOJ) at $32.446 billion and provides $378 million for Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) programs, including $90 million for the Second Chance Act grants which offer substance use treatment, employment assistance, and other rehabilitation services. This appropriations update also summarizes proposed FY 2020 funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

North Carolina seeking Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

North Carolina is looking for an ambitious and accomplished executive to develop and drive state-wide public policy as the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. 

The Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disability, and Substance Abuse Services is a senior leader at DHHS.  She or he reports to the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & IDD and oversees a staff of 160 and annual budget of $500 million. The director sets state-wide public policy and funds programs across the state in concert with the Division’s aspirational mission:  through the lens of behavioral health and supporting those with disabilities, we aim to lead with our ideas to identify gaps, invest in promising interventions, and efficiently scale a system that promotes health and wellness for all North Carolinians across all payers, providers, and points of care.

We are looking for a leader who can help build on the good work currently taking place and recent accomplishments, including:

Past experience for well-qualified candidates may include or relate to:

  • leading managers of managers, responsible for motivating diverse teams in complex organizations, driven by a relentless hunger for achieving goals;
  • working in a public-policy role with a birds-eye view of government or complex health-care operations where you’ve pulled all the levers of driving multi-faceted change:  money, legislation, regulation, partnerships, and communications;
  • being a senior portfolio manager or executive at a foundation responsible for identifying, piloting, and scaling promising interventions through multi-year funding strategies;
  • building lasting and meaningful relationships with stakeholders and partners within all branches of government in the midst of complex incentives and difficult trade-offs;
  • living a life with personal connection to our work, either as an individual with lived experience, a family member, or advocate — fully embracing the core belief of those we serve: “nothing about us without us.”
  • sensitivity to and educated on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion especially as it relates to mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use.

If this sounds like you – or someone you know, then the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services may be the perfect fit.  Please take a look at the posting and distribute to your networks and contacts:

We appreciate your help in recruiting the best candidates to lead this important work!