Monarch’s director of peer services appointed to N.C. State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee
Brandon Tankersley, Monarch’s director of peer services, was recently appointed to North Carolina’s State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (SCFAC), a well-known statewide self-governing board. Membership consists of adults and family members of individuals who receive services for mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse.
SCFAC was created to advise the North Carolina Legislature; the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services; and the director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Tankersley joined the 21-member committee last month, and will serve his three-year term by voting on and generating consumer and family agenda items for the N.C. General Assembly.
As Monarch’s director of peer services and an advocate for people with disabilities who often shares his inspiring journey following his traumatic brain injury, Tankersley will also serve as a keynote speaker at the 2014 National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) N.C. Annual Conference in Raleigh in October. He will share his personal experience and the potential and power that peer support has and can play in recovery.
Established in 1958, Monarch is a non-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA). Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States.