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Published on July 15, 2022

NC DHHS Secretary, State Lawmakers Tour Guilford Behavioral Health Center

Sec. Kody Kinsley made a stop at the state-of-the-art behavioral health facility during a visit to Greensboro.

 

Greensboro – State leaders took a close look at how Cone Health and Guilford County are responding to the community’s behavioral health needs in a visit to the Guilford Behavioral Health Center on Thursday.

The group included North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Sec. Kody Kinsley, who made his first visit to the center since Gov. Roy Cooper appointed him to secretary in 2021. State senators Gladys Robinson and Jim Burgin also joined Thursday’s gathering for a discussion of behavioral health issues facing the state.

The state officials met with Cone Health leaders and toured the facility that combines behavioral health services and emergency care to meet the area’s behavioral health needs. State leaders learned more about the tireless work of staff who have treated thousands of patients since the center opened a year ago.

“Investing in behavioral health shows great returns for individuals, families, and counties,” said Kinsley. “Increasing access to integrated care lowers costs and improves whole person health outcomes.”

The Behavioral Health Center, located at 931 Third Street in Greensboro, is the first of its kind in the state of North Carolina. The center provides behavioral health and substance abuse care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for adults and adolescents. The center is the result of a partnership between Cone Health and Guilford County.

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