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A big step forward for children with complex needs in North Carolina

Let me tell you about a girl I’ll call O.B. Her story exposes a lot of what’s wrong with North Carolina’s behavioral health ...
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Inmate’s death the result of a cascading series of mental health system failures

There has been a lot of media coverage about the death of Michael Anthony Kerr, an inmate with schizophrenia at Alexander Prison. His ...
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DMV bureaucracy unfairly burdens safe drivers with disabilities

Rebecca Kay sustained an injury at age 16 that caused permanent damage. That did not stop her though from driving for 44 years ...
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A glaring gap in North Carolina’s Medicaid program

Changing North Carolina’s Medicaid system has been a major topic of debate the 2014 “short session” of the General Assembly. Common to most ...
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Disabled North Carolinians: Still treated as second class citizens

There are growing calls for increasing the minimum wage so working people can earn enough to support themselves and their families. Few people ...
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New state transportation plan fails to include people with disabilities

The NC Department of Transportation recently released a plan for the state’s transportation needs looking forward to 2040. The plan “focuses on the ...
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People with disabilities desperately need Medicaid to expand

With all the media coverage of supposed cost overruns and genuine IT troubles for North Carolina’s Medicaid program (the public health insurance system ...
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Obamacare benefits the disabled

Political disagreements have linked the viability of the Affordable Care Act to a potential shut down of the federal government. The fight over ...
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ADA anniversary a reminder of the importance of work for persons with disabilities

I recently went to an event where there were many people I didn’t know. After asking my name, the next question each person ...
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The voters no one is talking about

The proposed changes to North Carolina’s voting laws have dominated political headlines for the past few months. Is voter fraud a significant problem ...
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