Union County Government has been awarded the Excellence in Innovation Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) for its Behavioral Health Collaborative. The Behavioral Health Collaborative is a partnership between the Department of Social Services and Union County Public Schools to provide support services to address mental, emotional, and social needs of thousands of students.
"With this partnership, we are able to provide this imperative support throughout all nine clusters of the Union County Public School district,” said Christina Neal, Manager of the Behavioral Health Collaborative. “In our first year, we served almost 6,000 students. We served the same number in the first six months of 2020 in the midst of a pandemic. The need for our services is not only apparent, but has been proven."
The Behavioral Health Collaborative began in December 2018. The goal of the program is to make a positive impact on students’ social and emotional well-being.
"The Board of Commissioners recognized a need for this program and approved funding to help our community’s most vulnerable population,” said Mark Watson, County Manager. “I am thankful to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners for recognizing the efforts of the Behavioral Health Collaborative as we continue these important services.”
The NCACC’s Local Government Federal Credit Union Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes county employees for developing new and successful programs to improve services to residents.
Visit the Union County website to learn more about the Behavioral Health Collaborative and resources available.