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Monarch CEO appointed to state Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

p terhuneNorth Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis recently appointed Dr. Peggy Terhune, chief executive officer at Monarch, to serve on the N.C. Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.

The Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services was created in 1973 as part of the Executive Organization Act. Its mission is to promote excellence in prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs for persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse disorders in North Carolina. The Commission has the authority to adopt, amend and repeal rules to be used in the implementation of state and local mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse service programs.

Since she was named executive director in 1995, Terhune has led the initiative to strengthen Monarch’s footprint throughout North Carolina. Under her leadership, Monarch now supports thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges across the state. Her passion for people and desire to put people first has contributed to the growth and stability of the organization.

In addition to her latest appointment, Terhune has served on numerous boards, including the National Board of Directors for the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), representative of The Arc of the United States, and serves on the Mecklenburg, Sandhills and the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions (formerly Piedmont Behavioral Healthcare) Network Councils. Earlier this year, Terhune was selected to serve on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Waiver Advisory Committee (DWAC).

Terhune has consistently been recognized regionally and nationally for her work to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities, substance abuse disorders and mental illness. Last September, she was named a two-time recipient of the prestigious Carey Fendley Award for Executive Excellence during the annual Arc of North Carolina Conference. Terhune first received the award in 2002. Additionally, she has been awarded the National Conference of Executives Award for Executive Excellence, which is the highest honor The Arc can confer on an executive director of a chapter of The Arc and she has received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award presented by the National Council of Executives of The Arc.
Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges in more than 55 North Carolina counties.

Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. The agency is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525.

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 986-1584 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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