Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Brian Ingraham, the CEO of Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, to a new state task force charged with making recommendations to improve the lives of N.C. residents with mental illness and substance use disorders.
The 24-member N.C. Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force will seek to reduce stigma and encourage people to seek help before their situation becomes a crisis. This special panel consists of experts from the justice system, private sector professionals, healthcare providers, county leaders and non-governmental organization entities to tackle mental health and substance use issues statewide.
Smoky Mountain, based in Asheville, manages services for mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual/ developmental disabilities in 23 western N.C. counties. In the six years Ingraham has served as Smoky’s CEO, the organization has grown from its roots as an area program to a public managed care organization and expanded nearly eightfold.