Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health

39th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health
Buffet Breakfast served
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Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8:30-11:30am
Registration and Breakfast Buffet open at 8:00am
Registration is now closed due to having reached capacity. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please stay tuned for information on the 2018 Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health.

UNC William & Ida Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill, NC

The breakfast is offered free of charge, however, a $20 per person donation is suggested to help organizers offset expenses.

Betty Rintoul, PhD, Executive Director of Encouraging Connections - KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Leza Wainwright, CEO Trillium Health Resources - DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER
"Sharing the Journey: Lived Experiences Presentation" with Jaki Shelton Green, R. Steven Bailey and Betsy Rhodes
Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Durham, Orange) - Emcee
Legislative Q&A Panel members:
  • Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg)
  • Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange)
  • Sen. Valerie Foushee (D-Chatham, Orange)
  • Sen. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham, Granville)
  • Rep. Gregory Murphy (R-Pitt)
  • Sen. Mike Woodard (D-Caswell, Durham, Person)

 First Annual "Rep. Paul Luebke Legislative Champion in Mental Health Award" to be presented

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Rep. Paul Luebke, (D-Durham), on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Rep. Luebke had participated in most every Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health since elected to serve in the NC House of Representatives 25 years ago. He was a true champion of mental health reform and had a heart to assist vulnerable and under-served populations. He will be missed. Everyone on the breakfast organizing committee extends heartfelt and sincere condolences to the family of Rep. Luebke.

The Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health Organizing Committee will present a special remembrance to Rep. Luebke during the breakfast and will also present the first annual "Rep. Paul Luebke Legislative Champion in Mental Health Award."


Members of NC General Assembly will serve on the panel, as well as other experts. The Annual Legislative Breakfast is a signature event organized in collaboration with area non-profit organizations and mental health agencies to bring together state and local elected officials for frank discussions and problem-solving around current mental health issues affecting residents across the state. 

For information/details on SPONSORSHIP LEVELS or to VOLUNTEER day of the event, please email 

  • Julie J. Bailey (Josh's Hope)
  • Karen K. Dunn (Club Nova)
  • Jenny Gadd (Alberta Professional Services)
  • Linda Atack (Community Advocate)
  • Steve Bailey (Josh's Hope)
  • Ed Binanay (UNC CECMH)
  • Andrea Whitehouse Chase (NAMI Wake)
  • Josh Donnelly (Community Advocate)
  • Linda Foxworth (KidSCope)
  • Dana Greenwood (NAMI Orange/Faith Connections)
  • Megan Gifford (Community Advocate)
  • Kate McAllister (MHA of the Central Carolinas)
  • Betsy Rhodes (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
  • Max Shafir (Easter Seals/UCP)
  • Linwood Webster (Community Advocate)

  • MHA - NC Affiliates (MHA of the Central Carolinas, MHA in Forsythe County, MHA of the South Mountains, MHA of the Triad, MHA in Wayne County, MHA in Wilson County)
  • Sandhills Center
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention North Carolina Chapter
  • Monarch
  • NAMI Affiliates (Durham, Orange, Moore, Wake and NC)
  • Alberta Professional Services
  • Club Nova
  • Faith Connections on Mental Illness
  • Josh's Hope Foundation, Inc.
  • KidSCope
  • UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health
  • Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
  • Cardinal Innovations
  • Durham Head Start
  • Easter Seals/UCP
  • Eastpointe
  • NC Families United
  • OE Enterprises
  • Shared Visions Foundation
  • Trillium Health Resources
  • Youth Haven Services
  • Freedom House Recovery Center
  • Carolina Outreach, LLC
  • Threshold Clubhouse
Thank you to our major sponsors who contributed towards our coffee mug promotion: