chart on Involuntary commitment petitions in North Carolina

Promise Resource Network (PRN) in the news! NC didn’t track the data on mental health commitments, so some advocates did instead.

On December 21, 2020, the NC Health News released an article about the use of involuntary commitment in our state and PRN’s leadership is gathering and reporting on the data. Over the last decade, NC’s IVC rates have increased by 135%, representing a significant use of the most restrictive, trauma inducing approach to serving people experiencing emotional distress. PRN’s CEO, Cherene Allen-Caraco was quoted as saying, “the human toll, financial toll, the resource toll…this is painting a picture and its not a good one. I think what the IVC rates show is a complete dismantling of community mental health, and that we have created so many barriers to access to things that are meaningful.” To read the full story, click here.