Perdue Releases Updated Mental Health Plan

Beverly Perdue says she'll make unannounced visits to state mental hospitals and community service offices if elected governor.

The Democratic nominee released an updated mental health platform Friday, expanding on comments the lieutenant governor has made during the campaign.

She also pledges to make "spot check" inspections within the
Department of Health and Human Services to know what's going on.

Perdue also wants better case management of patient care to
ensure a minimal level of mental health care statewide.

The creation of "mental health courts" also would have judges
with special training help defendants find proper treatment. Perdue
also wants to expand incentives for professionals to work in rural
North Carolina and to improve training in community colleges and universities.

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