I began my Social Work career in 1994, but have been told that I've been an advocate since I was 4. I worked Child Protective Services for ten years. Most of those years were spent as a treatment worker. I was privileged to build long relationships with families, and attempted to keep families together. Addiction played such a major role in the success of family preservation, and the severity of the disease was the most significant factor. In 2004, I returned to graduate school. I got my MSW from ECU, and went to UNC Chapel Hill to complete an additional year to specialize in Substance Abuse. I began my current career as an intern with UNC Hospital in 2005. I am now Director of UNC Hospital Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program. I am grateful for this organization and it's mission and values. I am dedicated to and passionate about helping to improve how the healthcare system approaches and treats mental health and addiction. Preventative and integrated care is the key to improving outcomes, saving lives, and decreasing costs of healthcare.
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