BREAKING: State to Hold Public Hearing on Mental Health System Crisis


Rep. Charles Thomas (R-116) today moved that the House Appropriations Committee hold a public hearing regarding the mental health system crisis precipitated by Secretary Carmen Hooker Odom and her lackeys.  The motion was seconded and carried.

Unless House Speaker Joe Hackney kills it, there will be a public hearing next week.  Secretary Odom, Division Director Allen Dobson, Deputy Director Mark Benton, and Director Mike Moseley will also be expected to attend.

When I say public, I mean public.  Every citizen of North Carolina who’s affected by Secretary Hooker Odom’s impulsive, dangerous decision to slash Community Support rate will have the right to speak.

I’m still waiting to get a firm date and time on this, but I expect it will be Tuesday, April 24 at 8:30 a.m.  Let’s fill the place up and hold Hooker Odom and her lackeys accountable for their rash, irresponsible actions.

I’ll update later in the day with more information.  Don’t let up the pressure on Hooker Odom and the can’t-shoot-straight gang, but if you’re looking for a change of pace you could contact Representative Thomas’ office to thank him for taking the lead in bringing this issue under proper legislative scrutiny.

I know we Scrutiny Hooligans tend to be partisan, but when a Republican takes the lead in protecting our most vulnerable citizens we ought to thank him for behaving like a good Democrat.

Rep. Charles Thomas email
Phone: 919-715-3012

UPDATE: After the Appropriations Committee meeting today, Rep. Beverly Earle (D-101) was rushed to hospital for unknown reasons. Her hospitalization may delay scheduling of the hearing. As one of the Chairs of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, she is partially responsible for setting the date and time.

So now we wait.

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  1. Drama Queen says:

    Does Hackney need to be pressured?

  2. A little pressure may go a long way.

    To contact him send a e-mail to: Joeh@ncleg.net

    For background info on him go to:


  3. Be nice to Speaker Hackney. We need him on our side. Email him all you like to urge or anticipate his cooperation, but be aware that we’re building long term relationships here.

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