Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

Commission Details

Board Website 
Board Website
Long Name 
North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
Health and Human Services
Governor Appointments 
Total Board Positions 
Cite Name 
N.C. Gen. Stat.
Cite Number 
§ 143B-148
Term Length 
3 years - 2 consecutive
The commission makes rules for public and private mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse programs in North Carolina. The commission has 32 members each serving a three-year term. The governor appoints 24 members.

Current Members

Member Name 
Appointment Date 
Term End Date 
Term Type 
Melanie H. Griggs 12/20/20236/30/2026LimitedMental Health Professional
Anthony M. Haire 10/5/20176/30/2026LimitedDevelopmental Disabilities Qualified Professional
Inett Azell Reeves 10/5/20176/30/2026LimitedDevelopmental Disabilities Family Member
Linda R. McDonough 9/5/20186/30/2024LimitedDevelopmental Disabilities Family Member
Leigh Wilson Venters 1/26/20246/30/2025LimitedDevelopmental Disabilities Family Member
Deja Juana Barber 10/19/20216/30/2025LimitedDevelopmental Disabilities Consumer
Jerry A. Wease 8/10/20186/30/2024LimitedSubstance Abuse Services Professional
Brenden A. Hargett 7/1/20196/30/2025LimitedSubstance Abuse Services Professional
Kelli Carter Knapp 1/31/20226/30/2024LimitedSubstance Abuse Services Prevention Specialist
Charles S. Blackwood 4/20/20216/30/2026LimitedExperienced in controlled substances (recommended by A.G.)
Erica Pettigrew 8/24/20186/30/2024LimitedPhysician
Regina S. Dickens 12/1/20226/30/2025LimitedMental Health Professional
Simmons P. Doster 4/20/20216/30/2025LimitedSubstance Abuse Services Consumer
Troy L. Manns 8/29/20186/30/2024LimitedSubstance Abuse Services Family Member
Oppie N. Jordan 10/8/20216/30/2024LimitedSubstance Abuse Services Family Member
Jessie L. Garner 1/4/20196/30/2024LimitedSubstance Abuse Services Consumer or Immediate Family Member of a SAS Consumer
Tracy T. Cottingham III9/24/20186/30/2024LimitedAttorney
Frederick Hodge Stephens 7/9/20196/30/2025LimitedMental Health Professional
Laura Noel Parnell 1/31/20226/30/2024LimitedMental Health Family Member
Kristin D. Cook 8/24/20186/30/2026LimitedMental Health Consumer
Lisbeth Riis Cooper 6/25/20196/30/2026LimitedMental Health Family Member
Marilyn T. Carter 4/23/20216/30/2024LimitedMental Health Family Member
Jerry Keith Henry 4/21/20216/30/2026LimitedDevelopmental Disabilities Professional
Melissa A. Hall 10/10/20226/30/2025LimitedDevelopmental Disabilities Professional

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