The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 17, 2013

Tar River region provider recognized for training program


TARBORO — PINEHURST — Eastpointe LME/MCO was recently recognized with a Programs of Excellence Award in the category of Best Practice. The award was for their Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Training program which is operated by Mental Health America of the Tar River Region.  WRAP is a 16-hour program designed to help those with mental illness to manage their psychiatric symptoms and create individual plans of recovery.

The award was presented by the North Carolina Council of Community Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse (MH/DD/SA) Programs on December 6, 2012 at their annual Conference & Exhibition in Pinehurst, NC.  Each year the North Carolina Council of (MH/DD/SA) Programs seeks to identify innovative and effective community programs that have been instrumental in serving persons with disabilities in North Carolina.  Winners are selected by a committee which includes directors and board members of Local Management Entities for MH/DD/SA services.

For the Eastpointe program, Mental Health America of the Tar River Region (MHATRR) has met the needs of the community by offering WRAP training. This program is offered to a diverse group of family members, providers and community members. Sometimes, members of all these categories take the class together.  At other times the training is made available to specific groups such as members needing services or providers.  It is important that family members and providers understand the wellness plan that their loved one or member is using so they can help that person in implementing it.

MHATRR is mobile, flexible, and ready to take the training to the facilities of provider agencies or other organizations which request the training. For instance, MHATRR has trained an entire group of employees at once on several occasions.  Another example of how MHATRR has made WRAP more accessible to groups is when they provided the training in two hour increments over the span of a month at Second Chance Recovery, a substance abuse treatment agency, where they trained 20 individuals.

This has truly been a collaborative effort with other organizational partners. MHATRR continues to partner with others in striving to serve the needs of those who experience mental illness, addictions, and developmental disabilities in our communities and all those who are affected by these challenging disorders.

When individual consumers use their WRAP plan to stay well, it helps the provider to be more successful in providing treatment. The plan supplements the treatment that consumers receive and has proven to reduce acute psychiatric time in emergency rooms and costly hospital stays.

The WRAP trainings operated by Mental Health America of the Tar River Region are offered in the counties of Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson and Greene. They are offered at a variety of sites that are readily accessible to all.  

Eastpointe is the LME/MCO for 12 counties, including Edgecombe and has facilities located in Goldsboro, Lumberton and Rocky Mount. The agency’s corporate headquarters is in Beulaville.