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Family and Children's
Resource Program

Vol. 21, No. 3
June 2016

New Course for NC Child Welfare Professionals on Advocating for Mental Health Services

The NC Division of Social Services is pleased to announce the launch of Advocating for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, a self-paced, on-demand, online course that provides basic information to our state's child welfare workers and supervisors on working with local management entities/managed care organizations (LME/MCOs) to connect children and families to services.

This 2-hour training teaches child welfare staff how to monitor services and build collaborative relationships with LME/MCOs so youth and families can be connected to needed behavioral health services. The course explains how LME/MCOs determine eligibility, outlines the functions of the LME/MCO, describes what to expect from behavioral health providers, and teaches strategies that can be used to advocate for appropriate services for clients.

This course was developed with funding from the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disability, and Substance Abuse by the Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program, part of the Jordan Institute for Families at the UNC School of Social Work.

To Take This Course
Visit, the learning portal for North Carolina child welfare professionals, for a full course description or to take this course. No registration is required. Simply log in to your account and navigate to the "Personalized Learning Portfolio (PLP) / Online Courses" section at